This video may help show why we visit immigrants isolated in detention.
November Detention Witness Carpools
Do any of these days fit your schedule?
Friday, November 8 (Full- -two cars going)
Saturday, November 9
Friday, November 15
Saturday, November 16
Sunday, November 17
Carpools leave from the parking lot of the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 8:30am and return about 5:30pm unless other arrangements are made. The address is 3327 Old Conejo Road in Newbury Park. Riding with a carpool allows for questions to be answered about the visitation process on the way out to Adelanto and to discuss your experience on the return trip.
Huffington Post Article By Sarah Shourd; Published 8/15/2013Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) bars detained immigrants from meeting with volunteer visitors, part of a crackdown on visitat…
ICE BLACKLISTS COMMUNITY VISITORS
Tuesday August 6, 2013 me and fifty-nine other folks gathered under the desert sun to bring public attention to some scary tactics by ICE.
Two papers covered the event:
Photo of me on left:
For more details on this detention center, please search this tumblr (guyatree) tagged Adelanto
Query or comment, welcomed…
US Navy vet, and illegal immigrant, now detained by ICE
According to Christina Fialho of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC):
Please see also:
And for information about a deported veteran organization in Tijuana:
Thanks for caring,
(Gordon works with UCC Simi Valley and many other churches across the USA to bring focus to those who serve in our military and then are deported as illegal immigrants.)
Interested in organizing? See http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/sites/detentionwatchnetwork.org/files/04-20-2012_Strategies&Stories.pdf
Adelanto Detainee Center is a Prison For-Profit, housing 1600 men furnished by ICE.
Nationally ICE has a per diem quota of 30,000 arrests, and assigns contracts with P4P’s guaranteeing every bed in each facility will be filled, every day, and pays the prison $120 per day per inmate. That is over $1 billion per year in taxpayer-paid fees sent directly to prisons for-profit.
Some inmates are recent arrivals to the USA, others were long-term residents “incidental” in an ICE sweep seeking someone else yet who did not have their papers with them at the time. Some are separated from family who have no idea where they are. They are the “disappeared.”
Detainees do not have a right to a public-funded attorney, as their crime is civil, not criminal– and while a phone call is possible to the outside, the facility can charge up to $5, cash, per minute per phone call. (Imagine yourself at the beach, alone, without id or cash, and ICE brings you to Adelanto… anyone can be “vanished.”)
My church members volunteer to meet with detainees held at the Adelantio, California facility. Here are excerpted small sound files from a three hour workshop June 29, 2013, presented by Victoria Mena and Luis Nolasco, on how best to interact with the warden, guards, and detainees.
These audio files are in order chronologically via date, hour, minute, second.