The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security released a report last week detailing how the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency failed to meet its own standards for housing migrant detainees at several facilities last year.
As Newsweek reported on June 7, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general conducted unannounced inspections at four facilities: the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in California, the LaSalle ICE Processing Center in Louisiana, the Essex County Correctional Facility in New Jersey and the Aurora ICE Processing Center in Colorado. All four of the facilities are privately operated.
At the Adelanto and the Essex County Correctional Facility, investigators found “immediate risks or egregious violations of detention standards,” the report said.
The findings confirm what people in her state had “been hearing for quite some time” about the Aurora detention center, Democratic U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado said in a statement. “We need to take a hard look at ICE’s use of these private prisons and, at the very least, make clear to the agency that outsourcing its responsibility to physically hold these detainees does not absolve it of its obligation to properly care for them.”
Image: A screenshot from the inspector general’s report, “Concerns About ICE Detainee Treatment and Care at Four Detention Facilities.