Local candlelight vigil for people in detention centers

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- In Grand Junction, along with a national effort, folks got together to host a candlelight vigil for people being held in detention centers at the southern border.

It's known as Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps.

Residents, members of faith communities and civic organizations held the vigil in Downtown Grand Junction Friday to express solidarity with refugees stuck in detention centers around our nation.

People we spoke to say the children and families in these camps are being denied the fundamental principles of life, liberty and dignity.

“They been housed for longer periods of time in small cells with a capacity of ten, there are 40 people. It’s inhumane, and we're voicing our concerns,” Nelly Garcia, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, said.

They say, while a detention center may not be present here, and most people in Mesa County aren't directly impacted, this is a human rights issue that affects all Americans.

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