El Paso Service Processing Center Literature

This post is a compilation of documents related to the El Paso Processing Center (EPSPC). Included in this list are advocate and government reports, news articles, and ICE inspections revealed by FOIA. Each section is ordered by date with the most recent materials on top.

Advocate Reports on EPSPC

Cuffari, Joseph V. “Responses to Questions Posed in the February 19, 2019 Letter.” Washington D. C.: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), September 26, 2019.
HRF. “Violations at the Border: The El Paso Sector.” New York: Human Rights First: American Ideals, Universal Values, February 2017. https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/resource/violations-border-el-paso-sector.
DMSC. “‘I Was Treated Like a Dog Instead of a Human Being:’ Degradation, Negligence, and Abuse in ICE’s El Paso Processing Center.” El Paso, TX: Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee (DMSC), 2016. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cd161d_d3613011a196457683b68c2c848eb57b.pdf.

News Articles Related to Hunger Strikes at EPSPC

Connelly, Aidan. “Art Caplan On ICE Force-Feeding: 'The Whole Thing Is Morally Outrageous.’.” News. WGBH, January 22, 2020. https://www.wgbh.org/news/national-news/2020/01/22/art-caplan-on-ice-force-feeding-the-whole-thing-is-morally-outrageous.
ThePrint. “Not Just Mexicans, More and More Indians Are Entering Donald Trump’s US Illegally,” September 21, 2019. https://theprint.in/opinion/not-just-mexicans-more-and-more-indians-are-entering-donald-trumps-us-illegally/294202/.
Sohrabji, Sunita. “ICE Force-Hydrating Indian Asylum Seekers in El Paso, Texas in Violation of Constitution, Say Immigrant Advocates.” India West, July 31, 2019. https://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/ice-force-hydrating-indian-asylum-seekers-in-el-paso-texas/article_2304d8c4-b2fc-11e9-84fa-23c1297e61c9.html.
Heyman, Dan. “Hunger Strikes Enter Third Week at El Paso ICE Detention,” July 26, 2019. https://www.orangeleader.com/2019/07/26/hunger-strikes-enter-third-week-at-el-paso-ice-detention/.
Martinez, Aaron. “ACLU Demands End to ‘inhumane’ Force Feeding at El Paso ICE Processing Center.” El Paso Times, July 25, 2019. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/immigration/2019/07/25/aclu-demands-end-inhumane-force-feeding-el-paso-ice-processing-center/1818280001/.
Quintana, Celina. “Migrants Moved to El Paso after 10-Day Hunger Strike at Otero County Facility.” KTSM (blog), July 19, 2019. https://www.ktsm.com/immigration/migrants-moved-to-el-paso-after-10-day-hunger-strike-at-otero-county-facility/.
Montes, Aaron. “Indian Asylum Seekers on Hunger Strike Transferred to El Paso ICE Detention Facility.” El Paso Times, July 18, 2019. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2019/07/18/asylum-seekers-hunger-strike-transferred-el-paso-ice-detention-facility/1773475001/.
Moore, Robert. “More Asylum Seekers Stage Hunger Strikes at El Paso Detention Center.” Texas Monthly, July 18, 2019. https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/more-asylum-seekers-stage-hunger-strikes-at-el-paso-detention-center/.
Esquivel, Erika. “Advocate Group Says Five Men on Hunger Strike at Otero County Processing Center.” KFOX, July 15, 2019. http://kfoxtv.com/news/local/advocate-group-says-five-men-on-hunger-strike-at-otero-county-processing-center.
Zuniga, Sabrina. “Con huelga de hambre protestan en Chaparral.” El Diario de Juárez, July 15, 2019. https://diario.mx/el-paso/con-huelga-de-hambre-protestan-en-chaparral-20190715-1539885.html.
Woodman, Spencer, Maryam Saleh, Hannah Rappleye, and Karrie Kehoe. “Solitary Voices: Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention.” The Intercept (blog), May 21, 2019. https://theintercept.com/2019/05/21/ice-solitary-confinement-immigration-detention/.
Burke, Garance. “Fed Watchdog Probes Treatment of Immigrants in Texas Lockup.” US News & World Report, April 23, 2019. https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2019-04-23/fed-watchdog-probes-treatment-of-immigrants-in-texas-lockup.
SAALT. “Hunger Strike | SAALT.” South Asian Americans Leading Together (blog), April 17, 2019. https://saalt.org/tag/hunger-strike/.
Moore, Robert. “Two of the Asylum-Seekers Who Were Force-Fed at an El Paso Detention Center Are Now Free.” Texas Monthly, April 11, 2019. https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/asylum-seekers-hunger-strikes-force-fed-el-paso-detention-center-free/.
Kaur, Amrith, and Cindy Nesbit. Complaint Letter. “Letter of Complaint Re Sikh Detainees.” Complaint Letter, April 1, 2019. https://www.sikhcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Letter-of-Complaint-re-Sikh-Detainees.pdf.
DMSC. “Hunger Striker Press Conference at Las Americas.” Social Media. Facebook, March 14, 2019. https://www.facebook.com/DMSCElPaso/videos/2004418119862367/.
Hendricks, Tyche. “Indian Asylum-Seekers in ICE Detention Seek Release as Hunger Strike Enters Third Month.” KQED, March 8, 2019. https://www.kqed.org/news/11731457/indian-asylum-seekers-in-ice-detention-seek-release-as-hunger-strike-enters-third-month.
Brown Vega, Margaret, and Nathan Craig. “‘A New Horror’: Sikh Men Go on Hunger Strike in ICE Custody.” The Nation, March 7, 2019. https://www.thenation.com/article/ice-hunger-strike-el-paso/.
Washington, John. “Inside an ICE Detention Center, Indian Detainees Continue Their Hunger Strike.” Medium, March 5, 2019. https://medium.com/s/story/inside-an-ice-detention-center-indian-detainees-continue-their-hunger-strike-174d03b4a2da.
Burke, Garance, and Martha Mendoza. “Lawmakers Seek Probe of ICE Force-Feeding of Immigrants.” India West, February 26, 2019. https://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/lawmakers-seek-probe-of-ice-force-feeding-of-immigrants/article_2d13a8e8-3a04-11e9-8f88-afef83eb3cf9.html.
Villalpando, Maru Mora. “El Paso Hunger Strike Shows Newfound Boldness of ICE.” Law at the Margins (blog), February 25, 2019. http://lawatthemargins.com/el-paso-hunger-strike-shows-newfound-boldness-of-ice/.
Escobar, Veronica, Suzanne Bonamici, and 47 other members of Congress. “Concerns Regarding Force Feeding of Hunger Strikers in ICE Detention,” February 19, 2019. https://escobar.house.gov/sites/escobar.house.gov/files/Letter%20to%20DHS%20Forced-Feeding.pdf.
Gonzales, Richard. “ICE Halts Force-Feeding Of Detained Hunger Strikers In Texas : NPR.” News. National Public Radio (NPR), February 15, 2019. https://www.npr.org/2019/02/15/695026410/ice-halts-forced-feeding-of-detained-hunger-strikers-in-texas.
Borunda, Daniel. “ICE Halts Force-Feeding of Immigrant Detainees at Detention Center.” USA Today, February 15, 2019. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/02/15/ice-halts-force-feeding-immigrant-detainees-el-paso-detention-center/2879201002/.
Moore, Robert. “Immigration Officials Have Stopped Force-Feeding All Asylum Seekers on Hunger Strike in El Paso.” Texas Monthly, February 14, 2019. https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/immigration-officials-have-stopped-force-feeding-some-detainees-on-a-hunger-strike/.
Brown Vega, Margaret, and Nathan Craig. “ICE Is Trying to Hide a Hunger Strike in El Paso.” Houston Chronicle. February 11, 2019. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/ICE-is-trying-to-hide-a-hunger-strike-in-El-Paso-13602790.php.
Michaels, Samantha. “How an El Paso Detention Center Is Treating Some Asylum-Seekers Could Violate the UN Convention Against Torture.” Mother Jones (blog), February 9, 2019. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/02/el-paso-asylum-seekers-hunger-strike-force-fed/.
Burke, Garance. “UN: US Force-Feeding Immigrants May Breach Torture Agreement.” AP NEWS, February 7, 2019. https://apnews.com/e0941d7d1b0d413b9d9a0b792c34dd26.
Escobar, Veronica, Suzanne Bonamici, and 14 other members of Congress. “Call to Halt Force Feeding of ICE Detainees,” February 7, 2019. https://escobar.house.gov/sites/escobar.house.gov/files/Letter%20to%20Acting%20Director%20Vitiello.pdf.
Burke, Garance, and Martha Mendoza. “APNewsBreak: Detainee on Hunger Strike Details Force-Feeding.” AP NEWS, February 2, 2019. https://apnews.com/e2ff21606c72407db3197ddf866bd738.
Burke, Garance, and Martha Mendoza. “Detained Indian Immigrant on Hunger Strike in El Paso Describes Force-Feeding.” El Paso Times, February 2, 2019. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/immigration/2019/02/02/indian-immigrant-hunger-strike-el-paso-details-force-feeding/2754059002/.
Wang, Amy. “ICE Confirms It Is Force-Feeding Detainees on Hunger Strike.” Washington Post, February 2, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2019/02/02/ice-admits-force-feeding-detainees-hunger-strike/.
Moore, Robert. “Citing Inhumane Conditions, Detained Asylum Seekers in El Paso Go On Hunger Strike.” Texas Monthly, February 1, 2019. https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/detained-asylum-seekers-el-paso-hunger-strike/.
Avenue, Human Rights Watch | 350 Fifth, 34th Floor | New York, and NY 10118-3299 USA | t “ICE Force-Feeding Immigrant Detainees on Hunger Strike.” Human Rights Watch, February 1, 2019. https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/02/01/ice-force-feeding-immigrant-detainees-hunger-strike.
Martin, Patrick. “Immigrants in US Subjected to Nasal Force-Feeding at ICE Detention Center.” World Socialists Website, February 1, 2019. https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/01/immi-f01.html.
Borunda, Daniel. “Immigrants on Hunger Strike Being Force-Fed at El Paso ICE Detention Center.” News. El Paso Times, January 31, 2019. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/immigration/2019/01/30/ice-force-feeding-immigrants-hunger-strike-el-paso-immigration-detention-center/2728820002/.
Johnson, Jake. “Like Military at Gitmo, ICE Reportedly Using Nasal Tubes to Force Feed Migrant Prisoners on Hunger Strike.” Common Dreams, January 31, 2019. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/31/military-gitmo-ice-reportedly-using-nasal-tubes-force-feed-migrant-prisoners-hunger.
Burke, Garance, and Martha Mendoza. “AP NewsBreak: ICE Force-Feeding Detainees on Hunger Strike.” AP NEWS, January 31, 2019. https://apnews.com/c4b201dac8bf48eba17485a5c357b810.
Woodman, Spencer, Karrie Kehoe, Maryam Saleh, and Hannah Rappleye. “Thousands of Immigrants Suffer In US Solitary Confinement.” News. International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (blog), Map 2019. https://www.icij.org/investigations/solitary-voices/thousands-of-immigrants-suffer-in-us-solitary-confinement/.
Mozumder, Suman Guha. “Asylum America: Why More Indians Are Seeking Refuge.” IndiaAbroad.com, June 30, 2018. https://www.indiaabroad.com/indian-americans/asylum-america-why-more-indians-are-seeking-refuge/article_e77cee36-7c65-11e8-9a24-c7bdc2307751.html.
Sohrabji, Sunita. “Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley Meets Bangladeshi Asylum Seekers.” India West, December 21, 2015. https://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/presidential-candidate-martin-o-malley-meets-bangladeshi-asylum-seekers/article_c5f0f2d2-a835-11e5-baf7-3b9c0de6a44a.html.
DRUM. “South Asians Hunger Strike at El Paso and LaSalle.” DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving (blog), November 24, 2015. http://www.drumnyc.org/hungerstrike/.
Wesley, Lashay. “El Paso Asylum Seekers on Hunger Strike.” News. KDBC, October 20, 2015. http://cbs4local.com/news/local/el-paso-asylum-seekers-on-hunger-strike.
Dickson, Caitlin. “How the U.S. Sold Out Indian Asylum Seekers on the Border.” Daily Beast, August 11, 2014. https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-us-sold-out-indian-asylum-seekers-on-the-border.
Smith, Sonia. “Asylum Politics: Why Are Dozens of Sikh Refugees Being Detained in an El Paso Immigration Facility, Months after They Could Have Been Paroled?” Texas Monthly, July 10, 2014. https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/asylum-politics/.
NAPA. “Indian Detainees in US End Hunger Strike.” North American Punjabi Association (NAPA), April 21, 2014. https://www.thenapa.com/indian-detainees-in-us-end-hunger-strike/.
Vikaas, Kishwer. “40 Punjabi Men Detained By Homeland Security in El Paso Since Last Summer Are on a Hunger Strike and Nobody Seems to Have Noticed.” The Aerogram, April 17, 2014. http://theaerogram.com/forty-punjabi-men-detained-homeland-security-el-paso-texas-since-last-summer-hunger-strike-nobody-seems-noticed/.
Hern, Felipe, and ez. “ICE Hunger Strikes: Ending State Sanctioned Torture | Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.” Accessed July 12, 2019. https://harvardcrcl.org/ice-hunger-strikes-ending-state-sanctioned-torture/.
AP. “Two Force-Fed Immigrant Detainees Deported to India.” Time. Accessed March 6, 2019. http://time.com/5543576/texas-immigration-force-fed-deported/.
Ludwig, Mike. “After 68 Days, Hunger Strikers in ICE Custody Are on the Brink of Death.” Truthout. Accessed January 11, 2020. https://truthout.org/articles/after-68-days-hunger-strikers-in-ice-custody-are-on-the-brink-of-death/.

General News Articles on EPSPC

Kladzyk, René, El Paso Matters October 7, and 2020. “As Pandemic Reaches 7th Month, Another Covid-19 Outbreak at El Paso Ice Facility Draws Little Notice.” El Paso Matters (blog), October 7, 2020. https://elpasomatters.org/2020/10/07/as-pandemic-reaches-7th-month-another-covid-19-outbreak-at-el-paso-ice-facility-draws-little-notice/.
Moore, Robert. “6 Women, Including 1 Who Tested Positive for COVID-19, Sue ICE to Be Released from El Paso Detention.” El Paso Matters (blog), April 24, 2020. https://elpasomatters.org/2020/04/24/6-women-including-1-who-tested-positive-for-covid-19-sue-ice-to-be-released-from-el-paso-detention/.
James Crowley. “16 Pregnant Women Detained by Ice in El Paso Region Has Immigration Attorneys Worried.” Newsweek, January 18, 2020. https://www.newsweek.com/el-paso-ice-pregnant-women-detained-immigration-lawyers-1482916.
Villagran, Lauren. “Attorneys Concerned About Detention of Pregnant Women in Ice Facilities.” News. El Paso Times, January 17, 2020. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2020/01/17/attorneys-concerned-detention-pregnant-women-ice-facilities-el-paso-nm/4499251002/.
Calzadilla, Tamoa. “‘They’re taking it out on me’: Jesús Ávila’s desperate words in an ICE isolation cell.” Univision, June 5, 2019. https://www.univision.com/univision-news/immigration/theyre-taking-it-out-on-me-jesus-avila-gets-desperate-in-his-cell-isolated-at-an-ice-center.
AILA. Complaint. “Administrative Complaint Regarding El Paso Service Processing Center Immigration Court Judges.” Complaint, April 3, 2019. https://www.aila.org/infonet/complaint-highlights-due-process-violations.
Shoichet, Catherine E. “Lawyers Slam ‘Wild West’ Atmosphere in Texas Immigration Court.” CNN, April 3, 2019. https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/03/us/el-paso-immigration-court-complaint/index.html.
Flores, Aileen B. “El Paso ICE Facility’s Phone System down; Immigrant Advocates Raise Concerns.” News. El Paso Times, July 18, 2018. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/immigration/2018/07/18/el-paso-ice-facilitys-phone-system-down-immigrant-advocates-worry/797022002/.
Delgado, Edwin. “Protesters March on ICE in El Paso as Tent Camp Opens for Migrant Teens.” News. United Press International, June 19, 2018. https://www.upi.com/Protesters-march-on-ICE-in-El-Paso-as-tent-camp-opens-for-migrant-teens/2801529453722/.
ICE. “ICE Detainee Passes Away at Texas Hospital.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE Newsroom, January 6, 2011. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-detainee-passes-away-texas-hospital.

Third Party Facility Reviews of EPSPC

CACSC. “Commission on Accreditation for Corrections Standards Compliance Reaccreditation Audid, DHS, El Paso Service Processing Center.” Commission on Accreditation for Corrections Standards Compliance (CACSC), October 16, 2006. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-cac/elpaso1.pdf.
ABA. “Report on Observations during a Tour of the El Paso Service Processing Center.” American Bar Association (ABA), September 12, 2003. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra/2003/elpasoserviceprocessingcenterelpasotxjuly92003.pdf.

ICE Inspections of EPSPC

ERO. “ICE Detention Standards Review, Facility Significant Incident Summary, El Paso Service Processing Center, El Paso, TX December 10-December 12, 2019.” ICE Detention Standards Review. Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Department of Homeland Securit (DHS), December 10, 2020. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/facilityInspections/elPasoSPC_SIS_12-12-2019.pdf, https://www.ice.gov/doclib/facilityInspections/elPasoSPC_CL_12-12-2019.pdf.
ERO. “ICE Detention Standards Review, El Paso Service Processing Center, December 11-13, 2018.” Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, December 11, 2018. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/facilityInspections/elPasoSPC_SIS_12-13-2018.pdf.
ODO. “Office of Detention Oversight Compliance Inspection, El Paso Service Processing Center, March 15-17, 2016.” Washington D. C.: Department of Homeland Security, Office of Professional Responsibility, Inspection of Detention and Oversight Division, Office of Detention Oversight, March 15, 2016. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/odo-compliance-inspections/elPasoServiceProcessingCenterElPasoTxMar15_17_2016.pdf.
ICE OPR. “Report of Investigation, Rivera-Romero, Mauro.” Report of Investigation. Washington D.C.: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Professional Responsibility, September 2013. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2695515-Rivera-Romero-Mauro.html.
ERO. “ICE Detention Standards Compliance Review, El Paso Service Processing Center, September 18-20, 2012.” Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, September 18, 2012. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ero/2012ElPasoServiceProcessingCenterG324A.pdf.
ODO. “Office of Detention Oversight Compliance Inspection, El Paso Service Processing Center, March 6-8, 2012.” Washington D. C.: Department of Homeland Security, Office of Professional Responsibility, Inspection of Detention and Oversight Division, Office of Detention Oversight, March 6, 2012. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/odo-compliance-inspections/2012elpasoserrviceprocessingcenter-elpaso-tx-mar6-82012.pdf.
ERO. “ICE Detention Standards Review, El Paso Service Processing Center, September 20-22, 2011.” Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, September 20, 2011. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ero/2011ElPasoServiceProcessingCenterG324A.pdf.
ERO. “ICE Detention Standard Compliance Review, El Paso Service Processing Center, October 12-14, 2010.” Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, October 12, 2010. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ero/2010ElPasoServiceProcessingCenterG324A.pdf.
ERO. “ICE National Detention Standards Compliance Review, El Paso Service Processing Center, October 13-15, 2009.” Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, October 13, 2009. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ice-dro/elpasoserviceprocessingcenter2009.pdf.
ERO. “ICE Detention Standards Compliance Review, El Paso Service Processing Center, September 17-20, 2007.” Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, September 17, 2007. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ice-dro/elpasoserviceprocessingcenterelpasotxsp17202007.pdf.
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