ICE Stonewalling Release of Records Relating to Alleged Sexual Assault of Immigrants
Courthouse News Service reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stonewalled the release records relating to the alleged sexual assault of refugee mothers held in private, for profit deportation internment camps located in Texas. A lawsuit was filed last week in Federal Court by the Refugee Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), of San Antonio due to a "long overdue" delay in responding to a FOIA request filed in April. RAICES is attempting to obtain a blueprint of the Karnes County Residential Detention Center laundry room, where it has been alleged that immigrant mothers were sexually assaulted by guards. There is video evidence of two guards having sexual relations with immigrant detainees in a laundry room.
RAICES alleges that the Obama administration used "strong-arm tactics" against immigrant mothers held in custody to coerce favorable responses that would form the basis of a report that no sexual abuse occurred. RAICES also claims that the administration has a history of creating "intentionally falsified" records.
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