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Friday, May 7, 2021   

SALEM, Ore. -- A Northwest car caravan is heading to an immigration detention center this weekend to support mothers who've been detained there.

Groups from Oregon and Washington will drive to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma on Saturday, and call on members of Congress from both states to stop transferring people to the facility.

Pedro Sosa, director of the Project Voice immigrant rights program for the American Friends Service Committee based in Salem, which is organizing the event, said caravan participants are bringing letters to the detained mothers.

"This is the message from the community; a message for peace, a message for love and hope," Sosa explained. "We know that many women are in detention, and they can't have or don't have the opportunity to celebrate Mother's Day with their children."

The caravan is part of the American Friends Service Committee's national "#FreeThemAll" campaign. Other organizations involved in the event include faith, medical and human rights groups.

House Bill 1090, signed into law by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last month, bans privately owned detention centers there.

The GEO Group-owned facility in Tacoma is the only privately owned center in the state. It will be allowed to stay open through the end of its contract, which expires in 2025.

Sosa is against the for-profit detention model.

"It's important for us because it's a human being," Sosa asserted. "It's not right, someone makes profit on your suffering."

In January, President Joe Biden announced the federal government would phase out the use of private prisons, but exempted immigration detention centers. However, at a speech this week in Georgia, Biden said he's considering similar action on immigration facilities as well.


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