Some good news! A federal judge ruled in favor of a preliminary injunction filed by community groups after the city of McFarland approved the private prison company GEO Group’s request to convert two 700-bed facilities in Kern County into annexes for the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center, which currently cages up to 400 immigrants in Bakersfield daily. These converted facilities were otherwise primed to open at the height of the COVID19 pandemic.
the legal argument states that the City officials violated SB 29, which states that entities must provide at least 180 days’ notice before issuing a permit for an immigration detention facility and they must hold two open meetings for public comments. The city of McFarland failed to do both, despite powerful community turnout reflecting how important this issue is to the people of California. Let's continue to uphold democracray and dignity for all! #FreeThemAll #DignitynotDetention #MigrationIsSacred ... See MoreSee Less