closeVideoFox News gains exclusive access to one of the country’s largest ICE-detention-facilities
The correspondent of the handle Jenkins gets a tour of the ICE processing center in Adelanto, California.
A Law Library. Access to a 24-hour health care and mental care. Outdoor Soccer Fields.
An exclusive look into an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center showed scenes dramatically, contrary to claims, the facilities are poorly executed, and the scenes of misery and overcrowding.
Fox News access to an immigration detention facility in Adelanto, California, was rarely given. Video cameras are allowed inside. The ICE plant, is just one of 31 such centers in the United States, is a group of privately contracted company, GEO.
During a tour led by Thomas Giles, the Deputy Director of the ICE Los Angeles field office, Fox News observed, detainees had access to 24-hour health care, dental care, mental health care, unlimited calls, legal advice, law library, physical-contact visits, and recreational activities, and religious offerings seven days a week.
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Common areas had multiple phone banks with directories for embassies, legal services and even set up a hotline, DHS Office of Inspector General for complaints.
Some immigrants played X-box in the interior, while others a game played lawn football out there on the art fields. They had relatively good freedom of movement and are not locked in cells at any point.
Prisoner Noel Beltran of El Salvador had were positive things to say about the system in comparison to the previous places he had been, in pre-trial detention.
“For me, it’s great. I see my family, hug my family, in the (prison system) I could not hug my family, they came from an hour and a half away from Orange, with the traffic and all that stuff, you know,” Beltran said. “Half an hour, sometimes 25 minutes, 21 minutes, it would be cut very short, behind the glass. Right here, I am in contact with my family, I can hug my children.”
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Last August, a group of California democratic lawmakers visited this facility and found it to be without sufficient resources.
Giles led the tour, and do not agree with the assessment.
“I want people to know that when these people are imprisoned here, we will give you the parental custody and care you need. We will do everything we can to make the people safe, while you are imprisoned,” Giles said.