As Kern County faces a rise in COVID cases and reaches ICU bed capacity, ICE is putting the lives of detained immigrants and residents in danger because of their decision to transfer inmates during the pandemic.
On Aug. 18, the McFarland City Council unanimously voted to keep the Western Region Detention Facility in San Diego from closing.
Data released by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at Kern County’s fourth TRUTH Act Forum, held in late June, showed a decrease in the number of transfers to Immigration Customs Enforcement and release notification requests.
Central Valley Human Right Organizers took action Saturday in downtown Bakersfield to raise awareness of the inhuman situation children are facing inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers.
Last week, a federal judge condemned actions by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that showed a “deliberate indifference to the safety of the detainees” at Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center and resulted in a COVID-19 outbreak.
Last year the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and Southern Poverty Law Center challenged the policy that forces asylum seekers to remain in Mexico.