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Hundreds hold vigil at Ferndale CBP Station to protest US immigration policy

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FERNDALE, Wash. — A couple hundred people gathered in front of the US Customs and Border Protection Ferndale Border Patrol station Friday night as part of an international vigil to call attention to the detention and treatment of immigrants by US officials. 

Vigils, like the one in Ferndale, which organizers called “Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps,” were scheduled to take place Friday at more than 700 locations throughout the US and several foreign locations, according to organizers

The vigils occured as immigrants in several American cities were preparing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, which President Trump announced would take place this weekend.

Ferndale’s vigil included protest songs, poetry readings, a candlelight ceremony and calls for an end to the Trump administration’s immigration policy, which has included separating families at the border and holding them for prolonged periods in detention centers, which various news agencies, lawmakers and the Homeland Security Department’s own acting Inspector General has recently criticized as “seriously overcrowded,” unsanitary and inhumane, leading some critics to call them concentration camps.

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“Lights for Liberty” was started by attorneys Elizabeth McLaughlin and Toby Gialluca and sponsors include the Women’s March, the Immigrant Defense Project, the Border Human Rights Network, the American Federation of Teachers and dozens of others, according to its website.

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**In an effort to educate the community about the programs of the FCSC, we will be doing a series of weekly posts to highlight each program and share details.**

Week 1: Did you know that the FCSC has a brand new program? The Ferndale Community Utilities Fund launched May 15th, 2020. The purpose of this temporary program is to help neighbors who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 pay their City of Ferndale utility bill.

Neighbors who need help can apply via our website (link is below). Be sure to check out the eligibility requirements and then click the link to the application form. Neighbors who want to help can make a donation via the same link. To date, we have raised an incredible $10,000! Through the generous support of the community and grants from the Whatcom Community Foundation and the Mary H Storer Foundation, we have reached our fundraising goal. We will use these funds to help Ferndale households with their June and August water bills.

Please help us spread the word so we can ease the struggle for some during this challenging time. And THANK YOU for your generous support and care for your fellow Ferndale residents.

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