Several vigils in different parts of the country will be held next Friday to demand the closure of detention centers for illegal immigrants, a coalition of organizations announced today, comparing these prisons with concentration camps.
The protests, dubbed “Lights for freedom: a vigil to end the concentration camps of humans,” will take place in at least 75 American locations and will gather defenders, activists and people who have been in detention centers.
At 9:00 p.m. “Throughout the country and around the world, participants will light candles in a silent vigil for all those in US detention camps, to illuminate the darkness of horrible policies.” of the Administration of President Donald Trump, the convening groups said in a statement.
The main vigils will be held in El Paso (Texas), San Diego (California), New York, Washington DC and Miami (Florida).
One of the movements that supports this protest is “No more concentration camps”, which urges that “people with conscience” use any non-violent means to achieve the closure of detention centers for the undocumented.
The group, backed by intellectuals like Noam Chomsky, is proposing to block these places with “occupations” and also “making life impossible” for those technology companies and banks that finance these sites, as well as politicians who make them possible.
In addition, they would demand the elimination of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE), in charge of the deportations of migrants; the withdraw of funds to the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP); maintaining the legal rights of asylum seekers and decriminalizing the border.
Some lawyer organizations have recently denounced the situation of the immigrant minors detained in the center of Clint (Texas), where they remain in unsanitary conditions, without diapers for babies, without soap, clean clothes, toothbrushes or adequate food.
According to the lawyers who visited that place, the children, separated from their parents, were without diapers, soap, clean clothes, toothbrushes or adequate food.
On Monday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, spoke on the issue when she denounced the degrading conditions faced by immigrants detained in the United States after having crossed the border, including children, and asked that alternatives be sought for them not to be deprived of their freedom.