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SPOKANE, Wash. — A global effort aimed at protesting border camp conditions brought about 100 people to downtown Spokane on Friday night.
“Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps" will bring “thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants," according to its website.
In late June, the U.S. government removed children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 children were detained, caring for each other inadequate food, water and sanitation.
Vigils were planned in hundreds of cities on Friday night, including several dozen in Washington state. There is at least one event was planned in every U.S. state and five continents.
Spokane’s event began near the clocktower in Riverfront Park at 8 p.m.
The event featured speakers attesting to the “cruel conditions” in detention camps and how U.S. immigration policies have impacted the local community, according to a description on Facebook.
A candlelight vigil followed the speakers at 9 p.m. before the protesters walked to the Department of Social and Health Services office in downtown Spokane.
Attendees marched to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices at 411 W. Cataldo Ave. and read the names of children who have died in border camps.
The event's local community partners include Planned Parenthood, World Relief Spokane, and the Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS), among others.
“As immigrants, we migrate to provide better lives for our children and for ourselves. We escape domestic violence, rapes, and being murdered in our own countries,” said Lili Navarrete, Raiz manager and volunteer coordinator at Planned Parenthood Of Greater Washington and North Idaho. “We have the right to survive, no matter our nationality, language, or color of our skin.”
The “Lights for Liberty” events comes as a nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting people who are in the United States illegally is expected to begin this weekend, according to two officials with the Trump administration and immigration activists.
The operation would target people with final orders of removal, including families whose immigration cases had been fast-tracked by judges in 10 major cities.