Vigils for undocumented migrants planned
GOSHEN. Rally in Goshen and other localities are part of a nationwide protest of inhumane conditions at border detention camps.


A participant in Monday's rally outside the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, N.Y., organized by three local rabbis and their congregations (Photo by Pamela Chergotis)

Lights for Liberty is holding a vigil in Goshen, N.Y., hosted by Philipstown Women are Watching, which posted: "We will meet at Harriman Fountain at the corner of Main and South Church in Goshen for speakers and a rally. Afterwards we will caravan the short distance to Orange County Correctional Facility, 110 Wells Farm Road, for a candlelight vigil." The vigil will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 12.
The correctional facility houses from 140 to 170 undocumented migrants every month, said Orange County Legislator Kevindaryán Luján, member of the Public Safety Committee that oversees the jail, at a rally outside the facility on Monday evening. The rally was organized by three local rabbis and their congregations in conjunction with the advocacy group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.
Those who object to the treatment of undocumented migrants say Orange County is making money by jailing them, and is thereby supporting an immoral policy counter to American values. Undersheriff Kenneth Jones says border facilities are overwhelmed, and refusing to accept the migrants "would result in many detainees being transferred from one of the most accredited jails in the country to a facility that is not so."
Milford, Pa.
Lights for Liberty is also holding a vigil at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 12, at the Pike County Courthouse, 412-414 Broad St., Milford, to protest the treatment of undocumented migrants at U.S. detention camps on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mary Jo Thomas of Milford is organizing the rally.
"Lights for Liberty is a worldwide vigil calling for the end to human detention camps," Thomas posted on Facebook. "Please join us to express our outrage and resistance to the inhumane, despicable conditions faced by refugees seeking asylum."
Other locales
Rallies are also planned in Kingston, N.Y., Liberty, N.Y., and other locales. For a complete list visit lightsforliberty.org/localevents.