West Texas Detention Facility Literature

This post is a compilation of documents related to the West Texas Detention Facility (WTDF) managed by LaSalle Corrections. 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 regarding WTDF

RAICES. “‘I Was Treated Like an Animal’: Abuses Against African Detainees at the West Texas Detention Facility,” March 22, 2018. https://www.raicestexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/WTDF_Report_Final.pdf.

News Articles about WTDF

Pskowski, Martha. “Sheppard Brothers Back in Custody Facing Aggravated Assault Charges.” El Paso Times, October 5, 2022. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2022/10/05/mike-sheppard-twin-brothers-in-custody-aggravated-assault-charges/69542893007/.
Serrano, Uriel J. García and Alejandro. “Suspects in Migrant Shooting Went to a Meeting after Firing Fatal Shots, Police Report Says.” The Texas Tribune, October 1, 2022. https://www.texastribune.org/2022/09/30/texas-migrants-shooting-warden-sierra-blanca/.
Davis, Charles R. “Local Jail Warden, Twin Brother, Arrested and Accused of Shooting Migrants in Texas, Killing One.” Business Insider, September 30, 2022. https://www.businessinsider.in/international/news/local-jail-warden-twin-brother-arrested-and-accused-of-shooting-migrants-in-texas-killing-one/articleshow/94544974.cms.
Garcia, Armando, and Mireya Villarreal. “Former Warden and Brother Arrested for Allegedly Shooting 2 Migrants: Jail Records.” Yahoo!News, September 30, 2022. https://www.yahoo.com/gma/2-men-charged-shooting-2-000300386.html.
Melhado, Alejandro Serrano, Uriel J. García and William. “Warden of West Texas Immigration Detention Center Arrested in Migrant’s Death Was Previously Accused of Abusing Detainees.” The Texas Tribune, September 30, 2022. https://www.texastribune.org/2022/09/29/texas-migrant-shooting-arrests/.
Devereaux, Ryan. “Texas Jail Warden Charged With Killing Migrant Was Previously Accused of Serious Abuses.” The Intercept, September 29, 2022. https://theintercept.com/2022/09/29/ice-mike-sheppard-abuses/.
Borunda, Daniel, and Martha Pskowski. “Twin Brothers Arrested in Shooting Death of Migrant in Hudspeth County.” El Paso Times, September 29, 2022. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/crime/2022/09/29/west-texas-shooting-hudspeth-county-texas-rangers-fbi-immigration/69527912007/.
Devereaux, Ryan. “He Spoke Out Against Somalia’s Terrorist Groups. Now ICE Has Deported Him There.” The Intercept (blog), March 31, 2018. https://theintercept.com/2018/03/31/ice-detention-immigration-somalia-refugee/.
Devereaux, Ryan, José Olivares, and Maryam Saleh. “Week of Hell: Dozens of African Detainees Allege Serial Abuse and Hate Crimes at Notorious Private Immigration Jail.” The Intercept (blog), March 24, 2018. https://theintercept.com/2018/03/24/week-of-hell-dozens-of-african-detainees-allege-serial-abuse-and-hate-crimes-at-notorious-private-immigration-jail/.
Barry, Tom. “A Death in Texas: Profits, Poverty, and Immigration Converge.” News. Boston Review, November 1, 2009. https://bostonreview.net/us/death-texas.

ICE Inspections of WTDF

ODO. “Office of Detention Oversight Compliance Inspection, West Texas Detention Facility, April 10-12, 2018.” Washington D. C.: Department of Homeland Security, Office of Professional Responsibility, Inspection of Detention and Oversight Division, Office of Detention Oversight, April 10, 2018. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/odo-compliance-inspections/2018WestTexasDetentionFacility.pdf.
ODO. “Office of Detention Oversight Compliance Inspection, West Texas Detention Facility, February 2-4, 2016.” Washington D. C.: Department of Homeland Security, Office of Professional Responsibility, Inspection of Detention and Oversight Division, Office of Detention Oversight, February 2, 2016. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/odo-compliance-inspections/2016-SierraBlanca-Feb.pdf.
ERO. “ICE Detention Standards Compliance Review, West Texas Detention Facility, October 13-15, 2009.” Washington D. C.: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ice-dro/westtexasdetentionfacilitysierrablancatx1014162008.pdf, October 13, 2009. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ice-dro/westtexasdetentionfacility2009.pdf.
ERO. “ICE Detention Standards Compliance Review, West Texas Detention Facility, October 14-16, 2008.” Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, October 14, 2008. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ice-dro/westtexasdetentionfacilitysierrablancatx1014162008.pdf.
ERO. “ICE Detention Standards Compliance Review, West Texas Detention Center, November 26-28, 2007.” Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, November 26, 2007. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ice-dro/westtexasdetentionfacilitysierrablancatx1126282007.pdf.
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