Video from Vigil at GEO Detention Center in Adelanto, CA
The Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Southern California (JFIC), a partnership of more than twenty organizations from all sectors of the community including faith, legal and advocacy-based groups across the Inland Empire, held a vigil coinciding with the opening of the Adelanto Detention Center on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.
The detention center in Adelanto is the first in the Inland area and will serve as the main facility for immigrants detained in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Why a prayer vigil? A Prayer Vigil is a space where people of all faiths can come together in unity, air grievances, pray, and support one another through these hard times for our immigrant sisters and brothers. Hosting a prayer vigil gave people within the community as well as immigrant rights advocates an opportunity to reflect on the deep spiritual roots of our work, will support immigrants in this country, highlight the moral aspects of the immigration issue, and keep in mind our country’s failed immigration policies that tear families apart.
The opening of the Adelanto Detention Center is a vivid reminder of the lack of immigration reform in this country. The vigil was a solemn event that mourned the lack of immigration reform and showed that the respect of immigrant rights is top priority for the Inland community.