Immigration Detention Centers Kept Open After Recommended Closures

Office of Inspector General issued a management alert on March 16, 2022.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommended the downsizing or closure of nine immigration detention centers run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

The department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a number of investigations into the conditions at the detention centers, finding significant examples of facility disrepair, unsafe sanitary issues, and chronic short-staffing. All of these issues were caused by the high costs of maintaining the detention centers, and the office recommended downsizing or outright closing the ICE facilities.

However, the inspector general noted that “ICE did not concur with OIG’s recommendation.” ICE disputed all of their findings, claiming that the inspector general ignored the facts based on preconceived notions and that a number of the photos included in the report were staged.

“We take these concerns seriously but fully disagree,” the Office of Inspector General wrote. “Our inspection team provided professional, independent oversight and has documented support for all reported findings.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Acting Director Patrick Lechleitner as he oversees Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
  • For Secretary Mayorkas to seek God’s guidance as he heads the Department of Homeland Security.
  • For ICE officials working at and those who are being detained in unsanitary or unsafe conditions.

Sources: Reuters, Bloomberg Government


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