The Northwest Arkansas Workers' Justice Center joined the national immigration campaign Expose and Close, in a effort to change immigrant detention centers across the nation. NWAWJC is set to host a prayer vigil on Friday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m. CST to end immigration detention and call for just reform. The campaign is coordinated by the Detention Watch Network (DWN). DWN is a group of advocates, community organizers, legal service providers, faith groups and individuals seeking to mobilize communities for an end to immigrant detention centers and to call on President Obama to expose and close the top ten worst immigrant detention centers.
"The prayer vigil is to be in support of the national campaign to close down the top ten immigration detention in the nation," said Jose Luis Aguayo, worker center's executive director.
DWN recently released a report on the top ten of the worst immigrant facilities in the U.S. which is said to have acute and chronic human right violations. Some of the facilities are cited to offer inadequate medical services, or lack of access to outdoor recreation, inadequate diets and used solitary confinement as punishment. Additionally, the reports detail accounts of physical and psychological abuse and the detention system that obstructs non-citizens' access to legal assistance.
According to the Washington Post article, the Obama administration has deported 1.4 million undocumented immigrants since the beginning of his administration, which is 1.5 times more immigrants on average than those deported during the Bush Administration. DWN sees the closing down of inhumane detention centers will pave a path into the complete overhaul of the U.S. immigration policies and practices.
This is Northwest Arkansas Workers' Justice Center first prayer vigil for immigration reform.