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R&B artist Miguel speaks of ‘saving lives’ during Adelanto rally for incarcerated immigrants

By in Press Enterprise on October 21, 2017

By Alejandra Molina

Grammy-winning R&B artist Miguel spoke of ‘saving lives’ during a gathering Friday evening at the Adelanto Detention Center meant to advocate for fair treatment of incarcerated immigrants.

.@Miguel outside of Adelanto Detention Center. Says he hopes to “give back and … save some people’s lives.” pic.twitter.com/FWMGqYrbFh

— Alejandra Molina (@alemolina) October 20, 2017

In an earlier statement, Miguel said he hoped to “shed whatever light I can on the families dealing with cruel and unjust treatment in Adelanto.”

The facility houses immigrants who either seek asylum at the San Diego and Tijuana border or after they’ve been arrested by agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

The private facility, operated and managed by The GEO Group, has drawn criticism over the number of detainees who have died there, as well as complaints of sexual assaults and poor medical care.

Later in the evening, Miguel was set to perform a free show at Adelanto Stadium, 12000 Stadium Way, Adelanto, in support of the cause.

The concert is part of the #SchoolsNotPrisons campaign, a free music and art tour that produces shows in communities “impacted by the overuse of punishment and incarceration.”

Born to a black mother and a Mexican father, Miguel, whose last name is Pimentel, grew up more than 100 miles west of Adelanto in San Pedro.

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