A person incarcerated at the Pine Prairie, Louisiana ICE facility claims that agents are using fans to chill them, and that when they complained, agents threw away their blankets. People kept in isolation units in the same facility claim that they are kept in cells without heat.
A whistleblower who worked at Louisiana's Richwood Correctional Center claims that staff were instructed to crank air conditioning, so incarcerated people facing deportation wouldn't have their COVID related fevers detected.
New Jersey's Bergen County Jail (where people detained by ICE are incarcerated) has been without heat over the past few weeks.
South Texas Family Residential Center has been without water, and experienced long blackouts disrupting electricity and heat, despite having a backup generator. Families report that they have been given one water bottle to last a day.
In a country with ethical leaders, these allegations would be shocking. Sadly, they represent another piece in a pattern of abuse and cruelty that spans ICE's 20 year history. As long as Congress continues to support the operation of ICE, they are culpable for these abuses.
Congress must fundamentally reorganize immigration enforcement. Simply calling for another investigation without doing this work is an endorsement of ICE's abuse.