DHS watchdog finds widespread mistreatment of immigrants at ICE facility
Immigrants held at an immigration detention center in Arizona were subject to widespread mistreatment last year, ranging from inadequate medical care to excessive punishment for peacefully protesting lax coronavirus mitigation efforts, an internal government watchdog found.
During a remote inspection of the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found violations that jeopardized “the health, safety, and rights” of detainees, according to a report published Thursday. Citing nearly 1,300 grievances from immigrants held at the detention facility, the internal watchdog said detainees depicted “an environment of mistreatment and verbal abuse.”. . .