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Groups hold vigil in Lumpkin

— A coalition of civil liberties and immigrant rights groups hold a vigil outside a federal immigration detention center in southwest Georgia.

The vigil Friday morning isthe fifth annual gathering organized by Georgia Detention Watch outside the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin.

Organizers say the focus of this year's vigil will be the impact of detention on the families of detainees, especially the children.

Family members of past detainees are set to speak during the vigil. Other speakers are set to include representatives of civil liberties and immigrant rights groups and a former employee of Corrections Corporation of America, the private company that runs the detention center on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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LuLu 2 years, 5 months ago

Are we talking about LEGAL or ILLEGAL immigrants here? If they're in our country legally, then they shouldn't have committed whatever crime it was that got them in jail, and I don't feel one bit sorry for them! So boo-hoo! And it affects their wives and children? If you can't do the time, then don't do the crime. They should have thought about their wives and children before breaking the law. And if they're ILLEGAL, then boo-hoo again! You have NO RIGHT to be here, and I don't know what kind of civil liberties and immigrant rights you feel entitled to when you are here trespassing! I'm sorry, but I don't feel one bit sorry for any of these law-breakers. Boo-freakin-hoo!

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ameek86 2 years, 5 months ago

Right on. Jail is supposed to be a punishment, not a vacation. I agree that even the worst criminals are entitled to basic rights (i.e. food & water), but these days people tend to get rights and privileges mixed up. Yes it's terrible that their families have to suffer, but in a lot of cases the families are better off without them anyway, even if they don't realize it.

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