Grammy award winning artist Miguel is one of the many top artists that graced the #SchoolsNotPrisons concert last Friday Night. The artist who was born to a Mexican Father and a black mother spoke at the event that took place at Adelanto Stadium and was attended by thousands of people.
#SchoolsNotPrisons concert has been on tour across California since summer of 2016. The main objective of the concert tour is to advocate for replacement of immigrant detention facilities with better alternatives.
The organizers hope to bring about change in US immigration policies and fair treatment of immigrants. They petitioned the media and government to stop calling them detention facilities and start calling them prisons.
Speakers and artists like Miguel narrate harrowing ordeals at immigrant prisons
While speaking at the event, Carlos Hidalgo, described the prison-like conditions under which detainees are held at Adelanto Detention Facility.
Another speaker, Gwen, Barrios, 17, tearfully described how her father was arrested by immigration officers one early morning while she was preparing to leave for school. She is now separated from her father because he is being held at the facility in Adelanto.
Mitzie Perez on the other hand talked about the painful experience his cousin is going through after being deported back to Guatemala. The cousin now fears for his life but he cannot do anything about it because he cannot come back to the US.
Miguel and his reactions
During the meeting, he said that, “There’s just a lot of injustice happening and I’m here to be educated and hopefully help shed some light to the issue.” He went on to say that, “We can find a solution. There’s no reason why people, who are contributing, to be ripped from their way of life.”
The Grammy Award winning artist grew up in San Pedro and is dedicated towards ending unfair treatment of immigrants. He recently visited – Zamora, Michoacán – the town where his father was born back in Mexico
Private companies profiteering while inmates suffer
Adelanto Immigrant detention facility is managed and operated by the GEO group. The facility has a capacity of up to 1600 people. It hosts immigrants from more than 90 different countries. Most immigrants being held at the facility come from Mexico, Haiti and El Salvador.
Whereas GEO group denies it, there are reports that inmates at the facility live in inhuman conditions. Some of them do not have access to good healthcare. There are also reports of sexual harassment at the facility. Several inmates have died at the Adelanto detention center in recent years.