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CHAPARRAL, New Mexico (Border Report) — Saying that asylum seekers are being held in “deplorable” conditions at detention centers, faith leaders from across the country called for an end to government contracts with the private companies that run them.

More than 40 of the religious activists — many from the East Coast and the South — also denounced biases against migrants of color and Trump administration policies slamming the door on asylum seekers. With song and impassioned speeches, members of the group on Thursday held their protest outside the Otero Country Processing Center, where two Cuban immigrants late last year reportedly tried to take their own lives.

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