Vigil held outside Boone County Jail to protest immigration camps

7 months 1 week 6 days ago Friday, July 12 2019 Jul 12, 2019 Friday, July 12, 2019 2:46:00 PM CDT July 12, 2019 in News
By: Deaven Sheldon, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - More than 75 people gathered outside the Boone County Jail on Friday to protest human detention camps.   

There was a tribute of silence at the end of the vigil as names of migrants who have died were read aloud and participants lit their candles.

A group called "Lights for Liberty" held candlelight vigils in more than 700 cities across the world. 

Columbia reverend Molly Housh-Gordon said that she is trying to help extinguish the fight.

"The white supremacy that threatens their bodies, threatens my soul," Housh-Gordon said. 

A leader of the group Faith Voices of Columbia said the United States is still dealing with the same issue as it was fifty years ago. 

"Mass deportation and mass incarceration are not two separate things, they are two sides of the same coin," Brittany Hughes said. 

The Boone County Sheriff's Department worked with the Lights for Liberty group to provide a spot for its vigil.

Hughes said the group chose the location to make people aware that Sheriff Dwayne Carey is continuing to comply with detainee request for immigrants. The group said Carey is holding three migrants in custody now.

In response, Carey said, "I am following what the state and federal government tell me to do." 

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