Rev. Anne Schlesinger (in blue shirt, holding "Faith in the Valley" sign) and others protest separation of families at the border, in front of Congressman Kevin McCarthy's office.
"When I went in there, the women were in their beds with sheets over their heads; they wouldn't even get up, and didn't want to talk with anyone," Reverend Anne Schlesinger, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bakersfield, California said after visiting the Mesa Verde Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center. "The stories that come out of there are horrible."
Wesley UMC is located just 4.4 miles from the detention center, less than a 10-minute drive away.
The church is part of the Faith In Kern program which "does all kinds of things," Schlesinger says. "We work with politicians to get concerns heard; we protest, hold prayer vigils, and meet with people in front of the ICE center."
The detention center holds up to 400 detainees. "It's a lot of people, but we do what we can," Schlesinger adds.
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