Intent on shining a light on squalid conditions at immigrant detention facilities, Kern County residents showed up in greater numbers than expected for a protest rally Friday afternoon.

About 400 people braved the triple-digit heat to march down Truxtun Avenue in downtown Bakersfield.

“They’re out here baking in the sun to support this cause,” said Tracy Lopez, an organizer for Women’s March Kern County, which coordinated the rally. “That says something about the support we have in this community and I don’t think that a lot of people think we have that support.”

The rally was one of around 700 similar events that took place mostly in the United States, but also throughout the world Friday.

Collectively known as Lights for Liberty, protesters that attended the events hoped to bring awareness to the poor conditions that have been documented at various facilities that have been used by the Department of Homeland Security to house undocumented immigrants, including children, from Central America.

“It’s heartbreaking. I have a son and I can just image,” said Katherine Gardner, who attended Friday’s rally in Bakersfield. “Somebody has to make a fuss about this. We’d feel guilty if we didn’t say anything.”

In a recent report Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General found “serious overcrowding” and prolonged detention at five immigrant detention facilities in Texas. Detainees were often wearing the clothes they arrived in sometimes months prior, and only were given wet-wipes to clean themselves.

The report also said 826 children at the facilities had been held longer than 72 hours, exceeding a limit set by the federal court. Some of the children were not provided hot meals, according to the report.

“It’s very concerning with what’s happening with the concentration camps, which is exactly what they are,” Ellen Schafhauser said at the rally. “It’s inhumane.”

Schafhauser carried an upside down flag during the rally, meant to signify the country was “in distress,” as well as a flag with corporate logos that had replaced the 50 stars.

“Our country is in extreme distress,” she said.

Although turnout at the rally exceeded organizers' expectations, other Kern County residents did not agree with the sentiments expressed on Friday.

“The handful of people supporting this do not speak for all Bakersfield residents,” Wendy Horack commented on a Facebook story about the rally. “I do not support this!”

Others agreed with the statement.

Former Republican candidate for Assembly Ken Mettler defended the Trump Administration’s efforts at border security.

“I truly believe that the Trump administration is making every effort to have an orderly immigration system, and I have every confidence they are making their best efforts,” he said. “But when the system is being overwhelmed by illegal activity, it is hard to have an orderly system.”

As of Friday evening, there were no official estimates for the nationwide turnout, but multiple cities appeared to have hosted successful events.

“This is really an indication of the dedication people have here for human rights,” local Democratic candidate Whitney Weddell said at the Bakersfield rally. “The people here really understand that if you stand back and watch human rights being taken away from one specific group of people, they can be taken away from all of us.”

Sam Morgen can be reached at 661-395-7415. Follow him on Twitter: @smorgenTBC.

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Gene Pool Chlorinator

Please present your FACTS that Shannon Grove is a white supremacist. We'll all wait... and wait... and wait...

Stating the obvious

Copper is a classic liberal. When he/she has nothing intelligent or logical to say-he falls back on the liberal standard of telling people to shut uo, or calls them stuoid. Copper, please become educated and find spell check.

Copper

It doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to know government sanctioned child abuse is wrong. I only tell people to shut up if they make racist remarks or attack me first . What exactly is your point on the subject? That you are pro government sanctioned child abuse and human rights violations at the border. Yeah I really care what you say. Nice try at the personal attack though.

Bodysnatcher

Take it easy Copper. No one is advocating government sanctioned child abuse. Government sanctioned Copper abuse?? Perhaps.

REMUDA

A "New"som beginning . . . for 'Spavined Gavin' . . . ? ----------- http://chng.it/FWfnFJJF8t

yorkies2014

thank god Trump is real old...someday in the future... we will wake up.... and be able to live again in a world.... where we wont be forced to endure.... this daily diet of MAGACRAP

Fram Smith

A friendly reminder. REMUDA is a group an out of area individuals who are payed to make comments that don't make sense. It appears that he is using a language translater , hence the cryptic sentence structure. REMUDA admits this all , in earlier post. So , in the future just ignore our troil from Saint Petersburg Russia. The reason they are so relentless and endless , is because they are payed to write meaningless gibberish. But for us folks who live here , what we need to think about is the millions the city of Bakersfield will be paying in lawsuits , by allowing for profit private denention facilities subcontracted by ICE , GEO , to operate within city boundaries. No one has ever claimed that the people who run McFarland are the sharpest tools in the tool shead ; yet they see the financial liability outweighs the monetary benefit. On just a basic finance level , treating people badly who are in our custody , is a poor policy ; independent of a clear violation of the " Golden Rule ".

REMUDA

Well now . . . Good Sunday Morning . . . FRAM . . . ! ------- Really missed your diatribes. ---- BTW, Fram . . . did you mean "paid" vs "payed" . . . ? ----- Here's a dictionary site: https://www.dictionary.com/. ----- "Group" . . . ? You honor me as a part of something larger(?) . . . like (or unlike) you & your "LEFT"-overs from the Hollywood Black List who continually run off at the mouth with no evidence.

Bodysnatcher

If the liberals in this state, and those liberal fools posting comments here, had to pay a state "stupid tax", this state would never, ever go broke.

Copper

What exactly is stupid? That the abuse of women and children is not ok? You sound stuoid

REMUDA

Here Ya Go, Copper . . . ! (as you epitomize) https://www.dictionary.com/browse/stupid ---- adjective, stu·pid·er, stu·pid·est.--- ---- lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; ---- dull.characterized by or proceeding from mental dullness; foolish; senseless: a stupid question.---- tediously dull, especially due to lack of meaning or sense; inane; pointless: a stupid party.---- annoying or irritating; troublesome:---- Turn off that stupid radio.---- in a state of stupor; stupefied:----- stupid from fatigue.----- SEE MORE--- noun---- Informal. a stupid person.---- AKA ----- COPPER . . . !

Bodysnatcher

Poor copper. The strain is more than you can bare. Go on , get back in your cage child.

Copper

Bodysnatcher you make no sense . So you are advocating for the abuse of children under the united states government ? Your cool with that? Nice try at trying to attack but you sound like a ore pubescent teen

Vavoom

the display of hate, judgement, disregard for living beings by faith based, christians of kern again. pro life only when in utero? love thy neighbor.. not. then on church days the faith-based fakes of kern asks god to cloak them with his love and protection. what does god think of all your ugliness christian kern?

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Jerry Todd

You know this is her motto? I'm amazed. Perhaps you also know what it takes to be an "extremist Christian nut job." Fill us in from your repertoire of vast knowledge.

Jerry Todd

I’d appreciate it if your plethora of anti-Trump letter writers get their facts straight. The concentration camps in Germany were populated by Jews and Catholic clergy (not much different than Mexico under Calles in the 1920-30's), among others after being rounded up, put on cattle trains, forced into labor, starving until they died of complete exhaustion, or just sent to gas chambers. Some people, like the young George Soros were put to work pulling gold teeth from corpses. All their property was absconded to enrich the NAZI socialists and to support their war effort. Like Soros, I saw it happen, but from the safety of the USA. Our border disaster is the result of an organized globalist process, using the Democrats’ Cloward-Piven Strategy to overwhelm our systems. Their flip side is to deny any funding to ameliorate the situation, then to blame the agencies responsible to maintain order. The illegals are conned into en masse invasions by overseers who ought to be in jail, hoping for better opportunities promised them by coyotes, human rights shysters and drug cartels. The blood of many deceived innocents is on the hands of these Democrat Socialist totalitarians who refuse to correct and or properly fund our immigration laws. When you see a large group making a run for the border, know that a cartel is within a few miles, running drug shipments into the USA while the Border Patrol is otherwise overwhelmed. Girls and women being raped or boys and girls sold to sex traffickers, old people left behind to fend for themselves, jihadis coming in with the crowd, diseases we have eliminated are coming back in for which we have no immunity.  Dr. Peter Singer, an architect of Obamacare, once stated, “We must reduce human population by 80% by any means necessary.” Seems he’s off to a good start.  I hope your darling anti-Trump writers enjoyed the organized protest at key Bakersfield sites. Strange how they can pull uninformed protestors to 700 cities all at once. (400 showed up in Bakersfield 7/10/19. Other protesters in Aurora, CO destroyed an American flag, flew the remains upside down under a Mexican flag and destroyed a “Blue Lives Matter” flag.) Protestors with sincere concerns should know who funds and promotes these activities, always quick to scream "white supremacist, racist, homophobe, Islamophobe, toxic masculinity, etc." Let's see some answers that mirror the blessing of the Constitutional Republic we have so long enjoyed and shared the blessings of..

Copper

Nazi death camps were what happens when concentration camps are allowed and a group of people are dehumanized. Our concentration camps yes read the. Dictionary definition of a concentration camp. Has already killed 6 children , lost thousands unaccounted for in the system and are abusing even more every day. If you think this is ok you are racist and inhumane person. Is is the family separation policy by President Chump started on 2018 that is responsible these atrocities and disgusting abuse of children. No excuse for it. You are more concerned about stripes on a piece of material than actual human lives and babies. Sick.

Copper

Girls and women are being sexually abused and raped by ICE agents who then mock and laugh at them on Facebook.

Vavoom

alert, alert, fox(faux) news spewing their propaganda above. blame, blame, blame

REMUDA

Cheer up, Jerry. These negative (Soros) 'Immigré Implants' are self-absorbed 'paid' dissenters (taxes). . . like Pelosi, Omar, Tlaib, Spanberger, Shalala, Sinema and AOC . . . and many $$-border-marchers (and other criminals) The plethora of comments here evidences the (100-year-old) "The Swamp" :(soon to drain): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-swamp-eric-bolling/1125686760

Stating the obvious

Trump is the best! He predicted this crisis and all the libtards ignored it. Now look at the dems chase their tails. I wonder how many protesters (why weren’t they at work?!) have signed up to house and pay for these illegal criminal aliens? I bet none.

Copper

Best at what? Pathological lying? Cheating on his wives? Corruption?! Yes he’s the best at all that! He created this crisis. How are dems chasing their tails? What does that mean ? You have not said anything based in fact or reality. None of what you said excuses the abuse of children. Shut uo

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Copper

Pretty sure all Republicans are white supremacist, they obviously don’t care their Chump in Chief makes white supremacist dog whistles every time he opens his mouth

Ciscojav

Regarding Boris25 posted comments on the economic incentive he quotes from the "Natiional Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine" to support his position to start deporting undocumented immigrants tomorrow; the comment about the same data is taken from an analysis of the same data which is published on the "The Center for Immigration Studies" (CIS) which is an anti-immigration think tank founded by a white nationalist: "The above analysis is based on economic theory, but the report also summarizes empirical studies that have tried to directly measure the impact of immigration on the wages of natives. The size of the wage impact from such direct measurement is similar to that shown above (Table 5-3, pp. 207-208). But the size of this impact remains a subject for debate among economists."

Copper

👊🏾

Trojan55

Lots of AOC thinkers here. https://thefederalistpapers.org/us/ex-ice-director-homan-leaves-ocasio-cortez-speechless-immigration

Copper

AOC actually cares about humans good for her.

REMUDA

"To avoid abuses, European law, the Dublin Regulation, requires that ASYLUM SEEKERS have their asylum claim registered in the FIRST COUNTRY they arrive in, and that the decision of the first EU country they apply in, is the FINAL DECISION in all EU countries." ----------- (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asylum_shopping)

REMUDA

Mexico's Refugee Law ('FIRST COUNTRY ENTERED') ---- "Mexico, through international and national law, has instituted a legal framework for the protection of refugees. This framework informs the scope of protection available to an increasing number of migrants arriving in Mexico." ------- "Mexico signed the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol in 2000. In addition, Mexico is party to the 1984 Cartagena Declaration on Refugees." ----------- (https://cis.org/Luna/Mexicos-Refugee-Law) ----- (https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/1951-refugee-convention.html)

Ledzepplin4800

So where are our Democratic leaders Andre Gonzales and Willie Rivera ? Or is this not for them ?

Copper

Yes where are they?! Disappointing. Sad so many people could care less about the abuse of children u Dee our flag at the birder

Copper

If you support Chumps immigration policy to seperate families and keep children in abusive and inhumane conditions , then you support child abuse. Period . How disgusting are you to support child abuse of a child just because of where they are born and the color of their skin. Children have been lost are still unaccounted for , sexually abused and allowed to die under the care of our country. How sick are you to think this is ok?!

Boris25

If they all die, then the problem of illegal aliens coming into our country is eliminated. No, I don't support the immigration policies of the President, the policies are not restrictive enough. Deport them all, they are an economic drain on our country. Based on research from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the cost of illegal aliens to American taxpayers over a lifetime is about $746.3 billion. Compare this to the cost of a single deportation, which is about $10,854 per illegal alien based on Fiscal Year 2016 totals. Overall, deporting every illegal alien in the country would amount to a cost savings of about $622 billion over the course of a lifetime. This indicates that deporting illegal aliens is six times less costly than what it costs American taxpayers to currently subsidize the millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S.

Copper

What is the cost of allowing billion dollar corporations to be exempt from paying their fair share of taxes? The fact that you think it’s cool to let human beings die over fiscal thriftiness shows your low moral compass. Guess you don’t care about the 100’s of billions dollars Chump wants to spend on the space force to land a piece of metal on a rock. But let the children die. Crawl back in your hole.

Jerry Todd

"Care of our country?" That's a typical broad brush you swing all the time as you hide behind a phony name. C'mon. You can do better than that.

RICHARDFITZWELL

Responding to a previous comment because it wouldn’t let me reply to it. You do realize the KKK was founded and supported by the Democrats. So your claim of all republicans being racists is bogus.

Copper

That is such a lame excuse , neither the democrat or Republican Party look anything like they did in the past. The only racist comments I have seen come from conservatives . Including the Neo Nazi in the white house

Gene Pool Chlorinator

You need to get out more often Copper- there is plenty of hate being waged on the left- let's start with your Antifa thugs and move from there...

Abby

Maybe they should have stayed where they were if conditions here are so horrible

Copper

They are children Abby they didn’t make this decision . So it’s ok to keep them locked up in inhumane conditions? Sick

Nevermind

Right? That's what the Nazis said about Jews. Genocide, always the final solution.

Jerry Todd

Venezuela is much closer, has tremendous resources, once one of the richest countries in the world. Oh yeah, it's been run by socialists for some time and the grocery shelves are empty. Since socialism is so great, why don't the Democrats lead all these folks to Venezuela where they can enjoy its fruits. They can take a large slice of Academia with them.

Copper

Jerry doesn’t seem to know the difference between Western European socialism and dictators . Nice try though. Funny how President Chump praises and loves dictators says he wants to be President for 10 years and has military parades like let me think .. dictators!

ReefRanger

Let's see...400 people attended the rally. That's about 1/2 of 1% of the population of Bakersfield. And most of those were probably either encouraged to show up by the numerous ILLEGAL immigrant advocate groups, or have family members who have entered this country illegally. You only need to look at the photos and news reports to see what demographic was mostly represented. Whitney Weddell is a typical anti-Trump Democrat just parroting the party line. I didn't here her making disparaging statements when Obama was holding people at the border. What all these people need to understand is, if the illegals don't want to find themselves in the "deplorable and inhumane concentration camps", they should stay in their own country and stop violating the sovereign borders of this country. MOST immigrants who have come here the right way DO NOT SUPPORT ILLEGAL ENTRY into America.

Copper

These people have shown up and asked for asylum. That is not illegal. And it is still no excuse to abuse human beings. They can keep the families together while they wait for their court date.

Jerry Todd

To ask for asylum, you present yourself at the border station with an appropriate reason and evidence. The vast majority are climbing fences and swimming the Rio Grande. Of course led by and schnookered by human rights shysters and drug cartels who use them and abuse them while overwhelming our systems.

Copper

This is still no excuse for human rights violations and the abuse of children. Is their ever an excuse to abuse children? Disgusting

REMUDA

(Date/Time: Saturday morning--0120 Bakersfield time)----- "Good morning, sir . . . Do you know why I stopped you?" --- "Sí, hablo español . . . " --- "Por favor, dame tu licencia de conducir, registro y prueba de seguro. . .!" --- As of May 2017, twelve states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Vermont, and Washington), the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have laws in their books that allow illegal aliens to obtain a driver's license or some type of driving permit. ---- https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driver%27s_licenses_for_illegal_immigrants_in_the_United_States

Citizen Kane

Last time I was in Bakersfield there were no immigration facilities so-HOW THE FU*K WOULD THESE IDIOTS KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE? THIS IS WHY CALIFORNIA IS NOW OFFICIALLY A SH*THOLE AND WILL BE FOR SOME TIME TO COME. ENJOY IT YOU WORTHLESS LOSERS AND WE HOPE YOU ALL ROT. GFY MONO MARRONS!

Copper

There is a detention center in Bakersfield for awhile.educate yourself.

REMUDA

No . . . YOU educate US . . . with a legit 'site and cite' . . . !

Jerry Todd

You just did. Thank you.

GetReal2

Detention centers are not Concentration Camps. Trumps best chance at re-election is people going hyper moralistic crazy about illegal immigrants, like free health care, when legals have got to pay for it.

Copper

Chumps detention centers are being ran like concentration camps , look up the definition in a dictionary.

Jerry Todd

"being ran?" Doggoned outcome-based education.

Copper

Smart enough to know government sanctioned child abuse is wrong. Even if it at the hands of the United States government. Wrong is wrong. Doesn’t take a brainiac to know that.

byebyeCA

Best solution is to send them all back where they came from, nothing more than burdens to the country.

Copper

Should have sent your family back where they came from

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Copper

Wow so just proves you are a racist. You are insignificant human. Do you even know your Irish immigrant history and how they were treated when they can over . This is history repeating itself because we have disgusting low life racist humans like bye bye Ca

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Copper

Yeah Ireland’s great love their gay President and his husband !

REMUDA

“The people here really understand that if you stand back and watch human rights being taken away from one specific group of people, they can be taken away from all of us.” ---- So True . . . as we CITIZENS WATCH OUR (GOD-GIVEN AND CONSTITUTIONAL) HUMAN RIGHTS BEING TAKEN AWAY . . . FROM ONE SPECIFIC GROUP (CITIZENS) . . THEY ARE BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM ALL OF US . . . AMERICANS . . . ! ---- Semper Fortis . . . !

Lilyrose

Candidate Weddell Saïd specific groups had their rights taken away. What is that group and what rights do they have in America ? As an United States citizen we have a right to enter another country with passport preapproved for certain time frame, but after that time has expired the government will physically locate you and send you back to United States. This is unfortunate for people who would rather live in say New Zealand, Australia, United kingdom etc... So I'm confused by the people who some how think people are free to enter United States without permission and stay. Truly confused.

REMUDA

Wanna go to 'Romantic Old Mexico' . . . (Baja--TJ, Rosarita, Ensenada, Aeromexico . . . Mexico City) . . . ? --- Don't forget that min-passport next to your driver's license . . . ! ---- Oh yeah . . .and that applies to our Canadian Northwest Forests on the ALCAN HIGHWAY (or . . . Air Canada & The Rocky Mountaineer as well . . . !) --- Safe trip, y'all . . . !

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RICHARDFITZWELL

@copper, the asylum seeking excuse is just a loophole for illegals with half a brain. Now that this loophole has been publicized heavily, it is being used more and more. Thus leading to the overcrowding crisis we have today. It is Not our responsibility to look after these folks. They can wait in Mexico or their own countries while waiting for “asylum.”

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REMUDA

Do you . . . 'Copper' . . . ? First . . . learn to read . . . then THINK AGAIN . . . !!! --------- "The United States recognizes the right of asylum for individuals as specified by international and federal law. A specified number of LEGALLY DEFINED refugees who either apply for asylum from inside the U.S. or apply for refugee status FROM OUTSIDE THE U.S., are admitted annually." ----- (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asylum_in_the_United_States) ------ "In order for someone to qualify for ASYLUM, they must meet the definition of a " REFUGEE" as laid out by the IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT. ... REFUGEE status is granted to people who are OUTSIDE the United States. May 1, 2018" ---- (https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/01/world/asylum-process-refugee-migrant-immigration-trnd/index.html) --- And . . . this was from CNN . . . ????? ---- Wow!!!. . . CNN . . . ?????

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byebyeCA

Asylum seeker = taxpayer moocher

RAYRAY84C10

I would like to see PROOF of the Condition FIRST and Foremost ( don't be SHEEP going on hearsay) have any of the protesters actually been inside the Facility

Sheebe

So there is a detention center in Bakersfield? If so, did they let them in to check it out? Bunch of liberal fools. A lot of them are decked out. Look Candice Owens on you tube. She can show you how they live better than some of us. I had to laugh at some the the comments these fools were saying. To funny. I bet you they don't know anything about the detention centers. All they are are people that have way to much ignorance. They are treated better than our homeless. Why don't you have a rally for our homeless people? US citizens. You wouldn't dare.

REMUDA

Once again, thinking to my lonely and 'tired-of-this' brain . . . while reading this story . . . Sheebe, you beat me to it >>>>>. "Where's that Bako Illegal Alien Holding Cell?" Also as I've heard Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin quote . . . all those 'Pens' are Obama-era establishments . . . ! ---- And I understand the latest crackdown is on any, every and only Court-ordered deportments (criminals) by Presidential Exec Order . . . ! ----- Go You Girl . . . !!!

mstratton

I totally agree. Our Administration and Border agents are doing the best they can with the enormous number of illegal immigrants crossing every day; they are overwhelmed. I don't know what these protesters are expecting us to do. We can't house all the homeless people in our cities yet we are supposed to provide all these demanding illegal immigrants with all of their basic needs plus medical, housing, and monetary means to enter our country. Take a look at the people living on the streets of LA, San Diego and our own city. We should be accommodating our citizens and providing them with basic needs first! If these people are complaining about how they're being "detained" then they can just return to their country where they are perhaps treated better. Just my humble opinion and it's my tax dollars funding these people's needs.

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byebyeCA

Send them back with the cage......duh.

Copper

I’m sure these people also care about the homeless. That is another stain on our society. You thinks it’s funny children are being abused and dying in these concentration camps? You are the ignorant one.

BanditIvy

Where were these losers when Obama did the same thing? They certainly have better conditions than our homeless. BFD

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