ICE Accountability Report

Following a series of disturbing reports at immigration detention centers around the country and refusal by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  to claim responsibility for the medical conditions at private, for-profit detention centers, Congressman Jason Crow is stepping in to provide the oversight that ICE has failed to fill. On July 9, his office announced they will be conducting weekly visits of the Aurora Contract Detention Facility every Monday at 12:00pm. 

The goal of these visits is to obtain information about the treatment of the detainees and possible public health crises. Upon completion of each tour, Crow will release the report on his website to inform the public of the information obtained by his office. 

 

Background

In February of 2019, following multiple cases of disease outbreaks at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility operated for ICE by GEO Group, Congressman Crow made an unannounced visit to the federal facility where he was denied entry. Ultimately, Crow was denied entry for 24 days. Since his first days in office, Crow has been a leader in the fight for governmental transparency and accountability. 

Below please find outline a timeline of events relating to the Aurora Contract Detention Facility and Crow’s work holding ICE accountable. 

 

Timeline of Events

February 11: Crow holds conference call with detainees at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility (“Facility”) and immigration lawyers to discuss disturbing reports regarding the conditions the facility

February 20: Crow makes unannounced visit to Facility and sends letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen regarding public health concerns at the facility. Following concerns raised by Crow, ICE reveals a mumps outbreak

February 21: Crow leads call with the Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Health Department to discuss public health concerns

February 28: Crow leads coalition letter with nine other members of Congress to ICE Acting Director Vitiello demanding answers on public health risks at immigration detention facility and ICE’s oversight role

March 1: Crow requests tour of facility and is denied

March 4: Crow requests tour of facility and is denied. Media is given a tour of the facility

March 15: 24 days after his initial request, Crow is given entry and tour of the facility

April 4: Crow leads letter with 19 other colleagues to Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairwoman and Ranking Member to include language allowing Members of Congress into all detention facilities within 48 hours of request

April 16: Crow obtains copy of the 2011 contract between ICE and GEO Group through a public website

May 20: Crow introduces Public Oversight of Detention Center (POD) Act, a bill to require members of Congress to gain access to federal immigration detention centers within 48 hours of request

June 12: Crow successfully secures amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act to prohibit defense spending to be used to house forcibly separated children from their families

June 25: Four months after sending letter to ICE,Crow receives response where ICE denies responsibility for medical conditions at private, for-profit detention centers

June 26: Crow partners with Rep. Joe Neguse to request congressional hearing to investigate activities of GEO Group

June 28: Four months after sending letter to DHS, Crow receives response 

July 9: Crow launches weekly visits to the facility 

 

Report Template

A template of the accountability report that the office of Rep. Crow will be using can be seen here. Questions are based on ICE’s Performance-Based National Standards, updated as of 2016. 

 

 

Reports

November

November 4, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

 

October

October 28, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

October 21, 2019: Oversight Visit Denied

October 15, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

October 7, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

 

September

September 30, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

September 23, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

September 16, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

September 9, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

September 3, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

 

August

August 26, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

August 19, 2019: Oversight Visit Denied

August 12, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

August 5, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

 

July

July 15, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

July 22, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed

July 29, 2019: Oversight Visit Completed