Advocates are hoping a new deal to keep an immigrant detention center open can help asylum seekers who are stuck in limbo.
The city of McFarland pulled out of an agreement with Mesa Verde in December. If they facility had closed, its 400 detainees could have been moved far from their families.
But, Immigration Enforcement awarded a contract directly to the center, keeping it open for another year.
On Thursday, several groups met outside Mesa Verde to protest how detainees are being treated. Ambar Tovar with the The United Farm Workers says she hopes the community can support them.
“A lot of them are individuals escaping extreme acts of persecution in their countries,” Tovar said.
She said, before the deal was announced, there was no word from the government on what would happen to the detainees, but the deal brought more clarity.