Tuesday , February 27 2024

Woman At Risk Of Contracting COVID-19 Released From Bakersfield Detention Center

As state and local officials continue to stress the importance of social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, lawyers across California are joining forces to get their at-risk clients out of ICE detention centers, including the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Facility in Bakersfield. Sofia Bahena Ortuno, 64 years old, is one client who was recently released. She was a farm worker in Kern County for 20 years before being arrested by ICE in October. She said she fears being sent back to her country of origin because of violence: one of her sons was brutally murdered there. “I did what I had to do for my kids.They accuse me of entering this place illegally but it was for the good of my family, the good of my kids to give them a better life,” Bahena Ortuno said. On the day she was pulled over by ICE, Bahena Ortuno was in the passenger seat of her coworker’s car. They were driving to the fields where they would start their day picking yams. Her coworker passed a four way intersection before
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