Following Mumps Outbreak in Aurora ICE Facility, Crow Redoubles Efforts to Demand Accountability; Leads Letter to ICE

February 28, 2019
Press Release

The Letter to ICE Acting Secretary Follows Silence from DHS on Expansion and Conditions at Aurora Facility

Mumps has been reported at facilities in Colorado, Texas, and Arizona

Letter is signed by Democratic Colorado delegation and other members

WASHINGTON - Following confirmation of mumps at the Aurora ICE Detention Center run by GEO Group, Rep. Jason Crow (CO-06) is continuing to conduct oversight on ICE owned and contracted detention centers nationwide. Today, he led a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Ronald D. Vitiello demanding to know how ICE is working to handle viral disease outbreaks and how ICE is preventing outbreaks at detention facilities. The letter was signed by Reps. Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter, Joe Neguse, Jan Schakowsky, Linda Sanchez, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Adriano Espaillat, Sylvia Garcia, and Ilhan Omar.

The letter is the latest in a string of questions that Crow is demanding answers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Following concerns from community groups including Immigration Justice, Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA), ACLU of Colorado, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and Casa de Paz, Crow sent a letter to the DHS and visited the facility to see the conditions. He was turned away.

“It has been over a week since we requested answers from DHS regarding the conditions at the Aurora ICE facility, and we’ve been met with silence. Meanwhile, red flags have continued to abound with confirmed reports of mumps in facilities in Aurora as well as Texas and Arizona. One of the fundamental responsibilities of Congress is oversight of federal agencies and yet ICE has left us in the dark,” said Crow. “Our communities deserve to know that ICE is taking action ASAP to handle this outbreak and get this under control. A lack of transparency does nothing to calm fears.”

In the letter, Rep. Crow and the nine other members raised serious concern over ICE’s oversight and treatment of the mumps outbreak. You can read the full letter here