Immigration detention centers

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On July 16, an Orleans County family found themselves the target of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation. 

“I would have never thought this would happen to one of my close family… it’s just unbelievable,” Cody Gomez said.

“My uncle was going to work and he got pulled over by the ICE patrols and he got detained. Gone to Batavia,” Gomez added.

ICE Officers arrested Antonino Hernandez-Bautista and brought him to a federal detention center in Batavia.

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About 100 people rallied outside of the Federal Building on State Street in Rochester on Tuesday and called for Congress to put an end to immigration detention centers.

The demonstration was part of at least 184 protests nationwide coordinated under the hashtag #ClosetheCamps by MoveOn.org, ACLU, and other organizations. Organizers said they condemned documented inhumane treatment at immigrant detention centers and were calling for a permanent end to the practice.