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Shut Down the Adelanto Detention Facility!

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Immigration issues in this country are getting progressively worse. Our archaic immigration system continues to hold onto an arbitrary immigrant quota, detaining 34,000 immigrants each day. Mandatory detention of migrants have funneled money into private prisons, like the GEO Group, stretching government resources to the point of failure. Instead of an overhaul of the nation’s immigration policies, the government’s failed solution has been to build more detention spaces.




The Adelanto detention facility has the capabilities to warehouse 1,940 male and female immigrant detainees. The Adelanto Detention Center is run by the GEO Group, a publicly-traded corporation that receives more taxpayer dollars for immigration detention than any other entity.


According to a compilation of federal figures by CIVIC, the GEO Group was allotted over twice as much as its competitor, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) for immigration detention contracts from October 2011 through last year.


Adelanto already suffers from multiple allegations of abuse and mistreatment, and was recently placed on Detention Watch Networks expose and close list. A recent report, "Abuse in Adelanto: An Investigation into a California Town’s Immigration Jail" details how horrid the living situation is for the people detained in Adelanto:


The GEO Group and the Adelanto Detention Center have been the subject of countless abuse and neglect allegations, including the death of Mr. Fernando Dominguez while in ICE custody in 2012, and two other deaths in 2015, of which serious questions have been left unanswered! Advocates have documented allegations that include inadequate health care, arbitrary and overuse of solitary confinement, lack of sufficient nutrients and maggots in the food. Detained immigrants have also reported harassment by GEO staff and intimidation by ICE officers. These allegations of abuse and mistreatment have placed the Adelanto Detention Center on Detention Watch Network's list of the worst detention facilities in the country.


ICE has a history of trying to silence the community concerned with abuses at Adelanto, including the shutdown of the community led visitation program and “Blacklist” of community members last year.




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