ICE protest in Adelanto yields three arrests

ICE protest in Adelanto yields three arrests

Demonstration draws 100-150 protesters

November 25, 2013 7:33 PM

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ADELANTO • Three young women were arrested after they locked themselves to a chain-link fence surrounding the GEO Group Inc. Adelanto Detention Center during a demonstration on Monday.

In May 2011, the GEO Group contracted with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement through an intergovernmental service agreement with Adelanto to house federal immigration detainees.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Mitzie Perez, 22, of San Dimas, Silvia Dianey Murillo, 20, of Riverside and Lizeth Montiel, 20, of Upland on charges of trespassing and vandalism, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said.

All three women are part of the Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition, according to Miller.

An estimated 100 to 150 protesters gathered to bring attention to the conditions reported inside the facility including allegations of abuse of detainees, inadequate food and poor medical care, according to Fernando Romero, spokesman for the Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Southern California.

“We did this action three days before Thanksgiving on purpose,” Romero said. “The people inside the facility won’t be going home for the holidays to spend Thanksgiving or Christmas with their families like you and I will.”

The women attached themselves to the fence surrounding the detention facility using U-lock bicycle locks which they placed around their necks.

“The fire department had to cut the fence to remove the women,” Miller said. “That’s where the vandalism charge came from.”

No other demonstrators were arrested, Warden Neil Clark said.

“We asked that they (Perez, Murillo and Montiel) be removed for trespassing,” Clark said. “Other than the three who chained themselves to the fence, it was a peaceful protest.”

Approximately 25 law enforcement officers monitored the protest and informed the group, in both English and Spanish that they were trespassing on private property and they needed to disperse. All of the demonstrators, with exception of the three women, complied, Miller said.

Romero said Perez and Murillo are undocumented and knew the risk involved in Monday’s demonstration.

“The women are sacrificing their bodies, their livelihood and exposing themselves to separation from their families to make a point,” Romero said.

“We want to highlight the injustices … there are a lot of people who don’t belong there,” Romero said. “There are other solutions to detention. We want to stop the unjust deportations.”

Perez, Murillo and Montiel were booked at the West Valley Detention Center, Miller said.

 

Protestan contra deportaciones

Mas de cien  manifestantes del grupo CIYJA y La Coalición para la Justicia para los Inmigrantes del Inland Empire protestaron frente al centro de detención de Adelanto, en California.

Pilar Marrero/La Opinión

PUBLICADO: Nov, 25, 2013 5:34 pm EST Nov 25, 2013 5:34 pm EST

California – Tres jóvenes activistas que usaron un candado de bicicleta para amarrarse al acceso de entrada de un centro de detención de inmigrantes en Adelanto, cerca de Victorville, en California, fueron arrestadas este lunes durante una manifestación de un grupo que pide una moratoria en deportaciones y una “solución administrativa” para los 11 millones de indocumentados en Estados Unidos.

Las tres manifestantes detenidas fueron Mitzie, Dianey y Lizbeth, una de ellas es ciudadana y las otras dos tienen DACA, dijo Alessandro Negrete, de CIJYA.

Unos cincuenta manifestantes de la Coalición de Jóvenes Inmigrantes del Inland Empire (CIYJA), protestaron frente al centro de detención de Adelanto, una cárcel privada para inmigrantes manejada por GEO group, y pidieron además la liberación de tres padres de familia que se encuentran allí detenidos.

Los activistas indicaron que sus casos son ejemplo del tipo de individuo que debería ser considerado como “baja prioridad” para deportación.

“Estas son tres personas que han vivido en la comunidad por largo tiempo, tienen lazos en la comunidad y están tratando de mejorar sus vidas”, dijo Negrete. “El Gobierno de Obama ha dicho que estas personas son de menor prioridad, así que estamos pidiendo su liberación, ya que tienen hijos y familias en este país”.

El grupo mencionó a Carlos Hidalgo, un padre de Azusa que fue víctima de un delito y está en espera de su visa U. Artyom Karapetyan, de 37 años, padre de dos niños y residente permanente que sufre de una dolorosa enfermedad llamada fibromyalgia y José Santos Maltés, padre de cuatro hijos ciudadanos y que fue encarcelado a raíz de una disputa con su suegra, según dijo Negrete.

Este grupo también participó en una protesta parecida en Arizona, en la que varios activistas se encadenaron a una cerca alrededor de un centro de detención para frenar el paso de autobuses con detenidos, y es parte de una campaña enfocada en detener las deportaciones.

El centro de detención en Adelanto, en las afueras de Victorville en el condado de San Bernardino, en California, fue anteriormente una cárcel que luego fue adquirida de la ciudad de Adelanto por la multinacional Geo Group, una de las más grandes compañías de cárceles privadas del mundo y que contrata con ICE para encarcelar a inmigrantes en proceso de deportación.

GEO compró la cárcel en el 2010, comenzó a operarla bajo contrato con ICE en el 2011 y el año pasado amplió su capacidad en 704 camas adicionales.

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