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A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups is alleging neglectful conduct by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and private prison company GEO Group at the immigrant detention center in Adelanto, leading to three separate incidents that they say harmed detainees inside the facility. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper reports the groups are calling for Adelanto to be shut down, while ICE denies any neglect and maintains that it’s following all proper guidelines. 

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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.