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With Adelanto Decision to Split with ICE, More Californians Reject Trump Immigration Policies

April 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, the city of Adelanto in Southern California decided to end a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to manage a 1,900 bed-center used to detain immigrants. The split follows a California law that prevented local governments from growing their detention centers, a restriction that will not be in place if ICE instead contracts with a private company directly, as they have elsewhere. Losing the contract with Adelanto can also mean less oversight at the facility now. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), whose district is next to Adelanto, has visited the facility multiple times and in September 2018, sent a letter to ICE expressing “deep concern about the treatment of immigration detainees” there following reports, including one from the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which detailed horrific conditions like inadequate medical treatment and inappropriate segregation of detainees.

“Detention facilities like the one at Adelanto are one of the ugliest components of Donald Trump’s war on immigrants. I have been there myself to see it in person and was shocked by reports like bedsheets being used for nooses. These prisons are cruel, do not serve our national interest, and do not belong in our communities. I am glad the people of Adelanto decided to cut this contract, offering more evidence that Donald Trump is not speaking for us when he acts on his xenophobic and bigoted impulses. However, I’m deeply troubled that now, ICE will be free to expand their facility, and hide behind a less transparent private operator. The real solution is to end this policy of immigrant detention – which is why I have once again requested to lower the number of immigrant detention beds nationally. But in the meantime, we have to increase oversight of ICE and their facilities to ensure the immigrants in their care are not being mistreated.”   

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