Crowd Protests Detention Centers

BEAVERTON — About 150 demonstrators gathered outside Rep. Suzanne Bonamici's Beaverton office July 2 as part of nationwide rallies to protest conditions at many immigrant detention centers.

“This rally is about freedom,” said Eileen Sleva, a member of Holy Trinity Parish and one of the event organizers. “It’s about families and children seeking asylum in our country — seeking the fundamental human right of freedom and safety. This is not about what political party I belong to.”

The rallies were organized in response to news reports about conditions at the centers and policy that keeps asylum seekers waiting in Mexico for long periods.

Bonamici sent a statement expressing agreement with the protesters.

Leaders read testimonials from child detainees who described being separated from family and not receiving sufficient food.

The crowd chanted, “End child abuse.”

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