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DHS OIG Report: Violations of Detention Standards at ICE’s Port Isabel Service Processing Center

February 13, 2023 (1 min read)

DHS OIG, Feb. 13, 2023

"During our unannounced inspection of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Port Isabel Service Processing Center (Port Isabel) in Los Fresnos, Texas, we found that Port Isabel complied with standards for the voluntary work program, access to legal services, and medical care for detainees. However, Port Isabel did not meet standards for detainee segregation, and we found unsafe conditions at the building used to house segregated detainees. In the housing units, we identified some concerns, specifically torn bedding and several plumbing issues, that violated standards and posed health and safety risks to detainees. In addition, we found violations of standards related to use of force, requests and grievances, classification documentation, and adherence to COVID-19 protocols. Finally, we noted that Port Isabel did not employ enough medical staff to handle either the facility’s contracted guaranteed minimum detainee population or its maximum capacity."