Members of a Youngstown church plan to hold a vigil tonight outside the private prison which is holding some of the 146 people rounded up by immigration officials during last week's raid at the Fresh Mark meat processing plant in Salem.

According to a media release from the First Unitarian Universalist Church, members plan to hold signs and pray during a peaceful vigil across from CoreCivic Northeast Ohio Correctional Center on Hubbard Road.

Calling the protest an inter-faith event, organizers say they want to show solidarity with those detained after Tuesday's action by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Organizers call such arrests “attacks on immigrant communities”, claiming such actions have escalated in recent years.

According to a statement released by ICE after the search, the arrests are part of a year-long, ongoing investigation “based on evidence that Fresh Mark may have knowingly hired illegal aliens at its meat processing and packaging facility, and that many of these aliens are utilizing fraudulent identification belonging to U.S. Citizens.”

ICE has confirmed that men arrested in the sweep are being detained at the private prison in Youngstown, while women taken to custody are being held at a facility in Michigan.

Late last week an ICE spokesperson told 21 News that 66 of the detainees have been released for “humanitarian reasons.”

Prior to tonight's 9 o'clock vigil, those taking part will gather at the church at 6 p.m. to make signs and write letters in support of the detainees.