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

Source: WILLAMETTE WEEK

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.

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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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