Faith Leaders Say Sikh Refugees and Others in Oregon Prison Are Being Denied Access to Religious Services


Religious leaders from the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice today denounced the treatment of the 123 immigrants detained in a federal prison in Sheridan, Ore., saying many of the men are religious refugees fleeing persecution in their home nations.


At least six of the men in the prison were separated from their families because of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy. Advocates say many of the men in the prison came to the U.S. seeking asylum from religious persecution.


Fifty-two of the detainees are from India, and Gurpreet Kaur of the Sikh Center of Oregon in Beaverton says they are Sikhs, a minority religion that started in what is now eastern Pakistan and northern India. She says the Sikh detainees came to the U.S. seeking asylum after facing religious persecution in India.

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