A cry for justice for detained immigrants

April 16, 2020

The following is an op-ed written by Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño along with fellow Bishops across California in conjunction with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and is excerpted from The Sun, a San Bernardino newspaper, a part of the Southern California News Group.

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Last weekend, Christians across the globe celebrated an Easter unlike any other.  In the spirit of resurrection, hope, and new life, we continue to pray for those impacted on so many levels by the coronavirus.

As we mark this holiday season, our hearts are particularly troubled by the danger faced by our fellow human beings who are suffering in immigration detention centers, prisons, and jails.

Unlike others of us, they are unable to practice social distancing. Many of them have serious chronic health conditions and advanced age that further adds to their vulnerability. An outbreak of COVID-19 in prisons and detention centers could be catastrophic to detained people, workers and all of us in surrounding communities.

In recent days, an urgent cry for justice has risen from within inside immigration detention centers across California, and across the nation. On Good Friday, some 200 people detained in Mesa Verde Detention Facility in Bakersfield went on hunger strike to protest shocking, unsanitary conditions.

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