NATIONWIDE — Hundreds of vigils all across the nation took place Friday to shine light on migrant border facilities housing undocumented women, men and children called "Lights for Liberty."
- Rallies held in San Antonio, Austin, and around the country
- Raising awareness on current migrant border facilities
Hundreds of people made their way to Travis Park in Downtown San Antonio to stand in solidarity. Many people brought posters and signs to demonstrate their feelings towards the current U.S. immigration policy and how undocumented people are being treated in the holding centers. One mother brought her three children and said she wants her children to witness an event like this and not be afraid to speak up.
"We're concerned with our governments' policy and how they're treating refugees and human beings and dehumanizing them and putting them into detention centers, or concentration camps," said demonstrator Yonhui Bell.
Protesters also gathered at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas.
According to Grassroots Leadership, which is an Austin-based activist organization, the center is the country’s only all-women detention center and currently houses about 500 Central American asylum seekers.
At 9 p.m. they observed a moment of silence.