Advocates for migrant caravan allege mistreatment in ICE detention centers

Posted at 5:39 PM, Jun 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-10 20:39:46-04

OTAY MESA (KGTV) - Advocates alleged mistreatment of the migrant caravan in ICE custody at rally in front of Otay Mesa's detention facility Sunday morning.

Concerns ranged from the quality of food and medical care to the separation of families.

"We come looking for help because in our countries we are tortured exploited, extorted and discriminated," David Abud said reading from a letter from detainees.

Advocates were outraged, demanding change both aloud, through chants, and written pointedly on vibrant signs.

Over the phone a detainee said in spanish they are being treated like criminals and stripped of their rights, fueling protesters' anger.

"It's sad that we have this kind of government who do this to people," Juan Caro said.

"I'm outraged and I feel terrible what our immigration policy has devolved into," Angela Zagami said.

Abud said their fight is far from over, "it certainly gives me hope and I hope people will continue to rise up against injustices like this."

Many protesters hope the next generation will change the tide. "I think she needs to know everybody matters, everybody is important,"  Ed Shellenberger said holding his young daughter.

10News reached out to ICE and has not been able to confirm any of the allegations. ICE is held to specified government standards and provides comprehensive medical coverage to detainees.