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Tue Sep 15, 2020, 08:36 PM

ICE deported a key witness in investigation of sexual assault and harassment at El Paso detention ce

Source: Texas Tribune






ICE deported a key witness in investigation of sexual assault and harassment at El Paso detention center




Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department inspectors general are investigating allegations that ICE guards assaulted detainees in camera blind spots.

by Lomi Kriel, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica Sept. 15, 20205 hours ago


The U.S. government late Monday deported a crucial witness in an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual assault and harassment at an El Paso immigrant detention center, the witness’ lawyers said.

The 35-year-old woman has been held in the facility, which is overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for about a year and told lawyers about a “pattern and practice” of abuse there, including that guards systematically assaulted her and other detainees in areas that were not visible to security cameras.

Several guards “forcibly” kissed her, and at least one touched her intimate parts, often as she was walking back from the medical unit to her barrack, according to her complaint filed with law enforcement agencies.


“If she behaved,” she said one guard told her, “he would help her be released.”...........................


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The inspector general requested that ICE not deport the woman and the FBI interviewed the woman extensively, according to her lawyers. Her attorneys also sent a complaint to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas and the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office, warning of a potential criminal investigation.

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The guards act like Trump--thinking they can get away with anything!






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Tue Sep 15, 2020, 08:44 PM

1. Well, I guess we could get him back.

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Tue Sep 15, 2020, 08:47 PM

2. Something right out of a TV crime drama.

And apparently real life as well - makes that whole "fair trial" thing seem a quaint fiction, yes?

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