ICE Has Only One Detention Facility For Transgender Immigrants, But As Numbers Swell Agency Considers Adding Another
About 300 migrants who identify as transgender have been booked into the custody of U.S. immigration authorities since Oct. 1 — the highest number since officials started keeping track in 2015.
The Associated Press:
US Considers More Options For Detaining Transgender Migrants
Behind a thick metal door and down a sterile hallway at a privately-run detention center in rural New Mexico, voices echo from the confines of a small outdoor recreation yard. It's a three-on-three volleyball match. The players, all clad in different colored jumpsuits, are transgender women awaiting the outcome of their cases while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Montoya Bryan, 6/13)
ICE Says New Mexico Only State With Specific Detention Facility For Transgender Detainees
New Mexico is the only state in the country that has a specific detention facility for transgender detainees by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. KFOX14 anchor Robert Holguin got an exclusive tour of the privately run facility. ICE currently has more than 53,000 people in detention centers across the nation. (Holguin, 6/12)