Reports of mistreatment of detained immigrants
This is an incomplete collection of reports—from news media, government agencies such as CA’s Attorney General and DHS’s Office of the Inspector General, and NGOs such as Human Rights Watch—of mistreatment (negligence and/or active abuse) of people detained in ICE and/or CBP facilities. We want to back-fill stories that are as yet unaccounted for, as our time and discovery capabilities allow.
We’re only linking to credible news sources, legitimate organizations, and official government publications (including letters/announcements from Members of Congress).
See also our past Deep Dive on immigrant detention: A Century of Injustice, and How You Can Help End It
Last updated: July 9, 2019
McAllen, TX — 2014-06
Dilley, TX — 2015-06
Note: There are two reasons why there are fewer articles prior to 2018.
One reason is that Trump’s family separation policy brought a spotlight to this issue; some articles about 2014 and 2015 events, which you should find listed under those years whenever possible, were published in 2018 or 2019.
The other is that this document was started in 2019, so older articles must be back-filled, which means they must be discovered by searching, archive-diving, link-crawling, etc.
Douglas, AZ — 2018-02
New Jersey (three facilities) — 2018-02
Albuquerque, NM — 2018-05
California, Colorado, Louisiana, New Jersey (four ICE facilities) — 2018-05 through 2018-11
Brownsville, TX — 2018-06
McAllen, TX — 2018-06
Unidentified CBP facility — 2018-06
Audio of children separated from their parents: https://www.propublica.org/article/children-separated-from-parents-border-patrol-cbp-trump-immigration-policy
Tornillo, TX — 2018-11
California (10 facilities across the state) — 2019-03
Direct PDF link to the full report: https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/publications/immigration-detention-2019.pdf
Chaparral, NM — 2019-03
El Paso, TX — 2019-05
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/dhs-warned-may-border-station-conditions-so-bad-agents-feared-n1025136 (NBC report about the same DHS OIG report, focused on CBP agents arming themselves over worries detainees would revolt over their overcrowding)
McAllen, TX — 2019-05
Aerial/drone photo of crowded conditions: https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/us-border-patrol-migrant-camp-from-above-idUSRTS2HV7C/1387815192
All ORR facilities — 2019-06
Homestead, FL — 2019-06
Clint, TX — 2019-06
El Paso, TX — 2019-06
See list for Clint, TX for the same date. (Clint is near El Paso and some stories about the Clint facility are datelined El Paso.)
McAllen, TX — 2019-06
Homestead, FL — 2019-06
California (nine facilities across the state) — 2019-06
El Paso, TX and Clint, TX — 2019-07
(This list is specifically about the Congressional visits of July 1)
Testimonies from the Members of Congress themselves: https://indivisiblesf.org/blog/moc-testimonies-from-border-july-2019
Interview with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), one of the MoCs on that tour: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/07/the-whole-facilitys-culture-is-rotted-from-the-core-what-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-saw-inside-the-el-paso-camps/