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She Was Released From Mesa Verde With No Place To Go: A Friend She Made Inside Helped Out

Karla Lopez, 32, currently lives in Stockton with her friend Lilian Marquez. The two met at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Facility in Bakersfield nine months ago and have been friends since then. But Lopez’ journey to get here started way back in November of 2018. That’s when a caravan of thousands of migrants made national news walking from Central America to the United States. Lopez decided to join the second wave of people heading to this country. “I had seen on Facebook that there was going to be a second caravan and I thought to myself that would be a good opportunity to escape my situation,” Lopez said. She was in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. When he threatened her life, she began the month-long trek from her home country of El Salvador. “We walked for days, hours at a time looking for places to sleep. Sometimes it was a church, other times it was a park,” Lopez said. Once she arrived at the border she says ICE put her in a room commonly referred to as the “hielera

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