Activists Rally Outside Adelanto ICE Processing Center

May 29, 2020
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Protesters rallied outside the Adelanto ICE Processing Center yesterday to denounce what they say are poor conditions for immigrants detained in the center. ICE denies this and says it’s taking the necessary steps to combat COVID-19 in the facility. 

Protesters gathered in front of the ICE Processing Center in Adelanto to denounce the conditions inside the facility, which they say are substandard.

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The immigrant detention facility in Adelanto was recently cited in a massive lawsuit decrying conditions for immigrants in privately-run centers. The city of Adelanto terminated its agreement with ICE earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean the center will close – in fact, it may even expand, thanks to a direct contract between ICE and the private prison company GEO Group. 

In September of 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General paid an unannounced visit to the Adelanto ICE Processing Center.

The San Bernardino County high desert city of Adelanto is the latest in a string of local governments to get out of the business of detaining immigrants for the federal government.  Last week, Adelanto officials pulled out of it''s contract with and U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), putting the fate of it's largest detention faciltiy in California up in the air.  KQED's Julia small has this story for The California Report.

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The mayor of Adelanto was led from his home in handcuffs yesterday (Tuesday), following FBI raids at several locations in the city.  Reporter Michelle Wiley explains.

The San Bernardino County high desert town of Adelanto owes much of it's survival to the money it gets from detaining immigrants. Now, legislation in Sacramento could put a crimp in that source of revenue.  Reporter Lisa Pickoff-White has this story for The California Report.

The Adelanto Elementary School District has identified more than 170 of its employees as possible victims of a clerical error, meaning the district could owe millions of dollars to its classified employees.  Reporter Charity Lindsey broke the story for the Victor Valley Daily Press last week, and now brings her report to KVCR.