Berks County’s immigrant detention center is finally closed. The work isn’t over | Opinion

BY: - January 31, 2023

Officials should convert the onetime prison into a space that supports local families and meets the community’s needs.

Pa. Sen. Casey: Families in Berks Co. detention center have been released

BY: - March 1, 2021

(*This story was updated at 10:21 a.m. on Monday, 3/1/21 with additional reporting) All of the families residing at an immigrant detention center in Berks County have been released, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s, D-Pa., office said Sunday. The Scranton Democrat’s office learned Friday from the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement that the families were released […]

Immigration activists call on Wolf to release detainees from ICE center in Berks County

BY: - April 1, 2020

"It has taken a pandemic to do what should have been done years ago," state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia, said during a virutal news conference.

New Trump administration rule would OK indefinite detention of migrant families in Berks facility

BY: - August 21, 2019

The rule would effectively end the Flores settlement, a landmark 1997 order that established certain standards for family detention centers and a 20-day limit for detaining children.

Seeking to raise awareness, spark activism, artist brings Berks detention center documentary on tour

BY: - July 24, 2019

Located in Leesport, just outside Reading, the facility is owned by the county and rented by the federal government to house families awaiting word if they will stay in America or be deported to their country of origin.

Dean, Scanlon make unannounced tour of Berks Detention Center, call for more humane treatment of migrants

BY: - July 19, 2019

The center is one of three family detention centers in the country that can hold migrants before a legal hearing to decide whether they can stay or will be deported.

On the eve of Trump’s immigration raids, protesters call for shutdown of Berks Family Detention Center

BY: - July 13, 2019

For 90 minutes, attendees chanted "Shame" and "Shut Down Berks" in both English and Spanish; sang songs, and heard stories of people who had been held in the detention center -- either separated or with their children.