Hayward Teacher, Students to Complete Immigration Mural Thursday

A Hayward High School teacher and his students on Thursday will be finishing a mural at the school in support of immigration freedom in North America.

According to Andrew Kong Knight, an art instructor at the high school and an East Bay artist when he isn't teaching, he and his students will be finishing the mural Thursday.

The mural features 13 monarch butterflies on wooden panels that are intended to stand for immigration freedom at the United States' borders with Canada and Mexico.

"My students and I wanted to bring attention to the fact that we still have 140 children in detention camps that were illegally separated from their parents at our borders," Knight said in a statement. "Each butterfly represents 11 kids still separated."

Knight said the hope is that some of the kids still detained by immigration authorities will be released and see their parents again.

According to Knight, the butterflies will be permanently placed on a 50-foot sound wall at the intersection of West Tennyson Road and Patrick Avenue in south Hayward later this month.

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