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Addressing concerns with ICE in the sky

Posted at 5:28 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 20:32:39-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Eighty artists are coming together to launch "In Plain Sight," an effort to make visible what they call the injustices of the immigration detention system in the United States through ariel flyovers.

On Friday they flew over the Mesa Verde Detention Facility in Central Bakersfield writing in the sky read "NO ICE, NO ICE, NO ICE."

Organizers say In Plain Sight's artists represent an array of ages, gender presentation and different experiences. They say it was all to bring light to immigration concerns and what they say is injustice from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to light.

23ABC spoke with the man who came up with the message and he addressed what the project means.

"The practice of incarcerating immigrants is what this project is all about. It's a nationwide project. A project is known as In Plain Sight. The idea is that Mesa Verde, that's the detention center, and it's a practice that's basically a violation of human rights. And of course, the detention of children can be considered a crime against humanity."

In Plain Sight says it will be doing more flyovers Saturday and Sunday. You can follow their flights online.