Rally Calls for Release of Immigrants from Berks Residential Center

Protesters gathered at the Berks Residential Center in Leesport on Friday. The 12 hour, “Free our Families” rally focused on demanding that detained families are freed from the facility.

Hosted by Shut Down Berks, a coalition fighting for the closure of the facility, the day began with a “Honk-in” at 10am. Throughout the day the group hosted several smaller events in partnership with other organizations.

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At 3:30pm, a vigil was held with several speakers, including Retired Judge Arthur Grim, State Senator Judy Schwank, Bridget Cambria, Immigration Attorney with ALDEA, Director of Advocacy & Ecumenical Outreach, Pennsylvania Council of Churches.

On June 26, Federal Judge Dolly Gee ordered ICE to release children from the three family detention centers by July 17.
The order was delayed on Wednesday, with a new release date set for July 27.
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