Vigils for undocumented migrants planned

| 10 Jul 2019 | 10:31

    Lights for Liberty is holding a vigil at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 12, at the Pike County Courthouse, 412-414 Broad St., Milford, to protest the treatment of undocumented migrants at U.S. detention camps on the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Mary Jo Thomas of Milford is organizing the rally.
    "Lights for Liberty is a worldwide vigil calling for the end to human detention camps," Thomas posted on Facebook. "Please join us to express our outrage and resistance to the inhumane, despicable conditions faced by refugees seeking asylum."
    Stroudsburg, Pa.
    Another Lights for Liberty vigil will be held from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. on Friday, July 12, at Stroudsburg Courthouse Square, Seventh and Main Streets, Stroudsburg, Pa.
    The organizer, Indivisible Poconos, posted on Facebook: "'A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps' will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants in the 'care' of the United States government. Join us for our local candlelight vigil in Courthouse Square — bring a candle if you have one, we'll have back-ups. Signs are encouraged."
    Goshen, N.Y.
    Lights for Liberty is also holding a vigil in Goshen, N.Y., hosted by Philipstown Women are Watching, which posted: "We will meet at Harriman Fountain at the corner of Main and South Church in Goshen for speakers and a rally. Afterwards we will caravan the short distance to Orange County Correctional Facility, 110 Wells Farm Road, for a candlelight vigil." The vigil will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 12.
    The correctional facility houses from 140 to 170 undocumented migrants every month, said Orange County Legislator Kevindaryán Luján, member of the Public Safety Committee that oversees the jail, at a rally outside the facility on Monday evening. The rally was organized by three local rabbis and their congregations in conjunction with the advocacy group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.
    Those who object to the treatment of undocumented migrants say Orange County is making money by jailing them, and is thereby supporting an immoral policy counter to American values. Undersheriff Kenneth Jones says border facilities are overwhelmed, and refusing to accept the migrants "would result in many detainees being transferred from one of the most accredited jails in the country to a facility that is not so."
    Other locales
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