LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Several groups stood outside the new Oldham County Detention Center Sunday, protesting the grand opening of the new facility.
“No pen, no wall, sanctuary for all,” the demonstrators shouted.
Standing Up For Racial Justice and Stand Up Sunday were a few of the groups leading the protest.
They believe the $23 million jail will provide more incentive to arrest undocumented immigrants in Kentucky.
“Homeland Security has been partly funding this new facility – people that are not guilty of criminal actions. That’s what we’re concerned about,” James Flynn, a demonstrator, said.
Officials hope this new jail will be able to house state and federal inmates and possibly reduce overcrowding in other counties’ centers.