Horrific Conditions Found at ICE Concentration Camps

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report last week, Thursday June 3, detailing the horrific conditions at US government concentration camps.

According to the OIG report, the “inspections of the four detention facilities revealed violations of ICE’s detention standards and raised concerns about the environment in which detainees are held.”

Inspectors found “unsafe and unhealthy conditions to varying degrees at all of the facilities we visited” and “immediate risks or egregious violations of detention standards.”

The worst were facilities in Adelanto, CA, and Essex County, NJ, where inspectors found nooses in cells, overly restrictive segregation, inadequate medical care, unreported security incidents, and significant food safety issues.

According to the OIG report, “At one facility, detainees were not provided appropriate clothing and hygiene items to ensure they could properly care for themselves.”

DHS OIG inspected four ICE facilities, including the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in California, the Aurora ICE Processing Center in Colorado, the LaSalle ICE Processing Center in Louisiana, and the Essex County Correctional Facility in New Jersey. Inspectors found that “conditions varied among the facilities and not every problem was present at each,” but “All four facilities had issues with expired food.”

“At three facilities,” the inspectors “found that segregation practices violated standards and infringed on detainee rights.”

The findings confirm what immigration activists have been saying, that ICE is routinely violating the human rights of the people it is imprisoning.

“The report’s findings reveal that issues in ICE detention are not isolated — they are systemic.” Three of the four ICE locations that were inspected are operated by GEO Group, a private prison company that contracts with the US government.



Photo: “Chainlink Fence and Shadows PAD Feb-17” by Alisha Vargas is licensed under CC BY 2.0