Republican and Democratic Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee are calling for a federal investigation to determine the level of abuses being suffered by immigrants held inside of government-run detention centers.
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) requested the investigation in a joint statement issued on Monday night. According to The Associated Press, the Senators believe media reports are highlighting “a long-term pattern” of mistreatment at various detention centers throughout the United States.
“These allegations of abuse are extremely disturbing and must be addressed,” Grassley and Feinstein wrote.
“This is not a partisan issue as reporting suggests many have been occurring for years. Immigrant families and children kept in federal custody deserve to be treated with basic human dignity and respect and should never be subjected to these forms of abuse,” they added.
Among their chief complaints is that Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) is implementing inadequate “policies and procedures.”
Grassley and Feinstein have requested a joint effort from Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS). They ask that all types of abuse being investigated, including physical, sexual and emotional harm.
DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman had defending her agencies handling of immigrants, telling The Associated Press that facilities under government control “undergo constant unannounced inspections by outside groups, the department’s inspector general and court-ordered monitors.”
Last month, Hill Reporter listed various shocking abuses that have been allegedly experienced by immigrant children being held within various detention centers.
As detention center abuses continue to surface, Trump’s administration remains at fault and deeply rooted in the “detention center” business sector.
While not directly associated with the abuses mention in the letter above, GEO Group, an organization that donated at least $1 million to Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, is currently earning more than $185 million per year through its operation of various centers that house immigrant adults.