Thursday, December 9

Legislators demand closure of ICE jails in California

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement during the search for immigration fugitives in 2017. / Reference.

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This Friday more than 20 Democratic legislators demanded that the Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, immediate closure of two immigrant detention centers in California, which would be being operated by private companies.

Congressmen Lou Correa and Zoe Lofgren, along with 22 other legislators, also called on Mayorkas to immediately close the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) processing centers in Adelanto and Otay Mesa.

Through a missive legislators denounced the serious abuses, mistreatment of detained migrants, lack of security protocols in the face of covid-19, unsanitary conditions, among other deficiencies described in recent reports from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in these centers.

In the text, lawmakers detail that in the case of the Yuba County Jail, the unsanitary conditions and low population of the facility make it “a microcosm of the many problems with ICE detention facilities across the country.” .

They also affirm that the people detained in Juba have not received adequate medical attention, in addition to being in unsanitary conditions, they have eaten spoiled food and there is an “excessive use of solitary confinement”.

In the case of the Otay Mesa and Adelanto detention centers, lawmakers reported that private prison facilities have come under great scrutiny by independent offices within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and outside agencies.

“ICE pays an estimated $ 1.34 million dollars every day for unused beds through guaranteed minimum contracts, such as those of Otay Mesa and Adelanto,” the letter states.

At least 60 human rights organizations across California endorsed the statement. exposed by the legislators and assured that this petition shows “a unified message against the detention of immigrants” in the state.


–New Jersey prohibits its jails from taking in new immigrants sent by ICE; 5th state to do so
–HRW reports at least 160 cases of misconduct and abuse of migrants in the US.
–California bans the use of private jails for immigrants

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