News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General released a report this week that found “egregious” conditions at several Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities across the country, including the ICE facility here in Aurora, Colorado – which is run by a private contractor.

According to the report, inspectors found detainees “were not treated with the care required under ICE detention standards,” including “expired food” and “nooses in detainees cells.” At the Aurora facility, they found detainees “were not allowed in-person visitation” and handcuffs were used when they weren’t required.

Sadly, this report confirms what we have been hearing for quite some time about the ICE facility in Aurora: that the immigrants there are not being properly cared for.

ICE says that it has taken steps to correct the issues raised in this report, but I believe more needs to be done. We need to take a hard look at the federal government’s use of these private prisons and, at the very least, make clear to the agency that outsourcing its responsibility to physically hold these detainees does not absolve it of its obligation to properly care for them. 

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As we continue to hold this administration accountable for the way it treats undocumented immigrants, we’re also working to protect the millions of Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients who are already here – many of whom are valuable members of our communities, and have been for years.

Earlier this week, the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act, which is a bill I sponsored to protect these immigrants from the threat of deportation.

There are currently 39,700 immigrants in our state alone who would be protected by this bill, which now heads to the Senate for consideration. Not only would this bill provide them the protection they deserve, it would also provide a real path to eventual citizenship.

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Before you head off for the weekend, I wanted to let you know that on Monday, June 17, we will be hosting our 5th annual Senior Fair at East High School in Denver. This event is a great opportunity for seniors, as well as their families and caregivers, to connect with a variety of local organizations that are doing amazing things to help seniors living in our area. It really has become one of my favorite events of the year.

We already have more than 25 government and nonprofit agencies participating in this year’s event. Each one of them will be available to answer questions and provide you more information about their programs.

This event is free, and open to the public. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in learning more about the programs and services that are available to seniors in our area, I hope you will join us.

  • WHAT: 5th Annual Resource Fair for Seniors and Caregivers
  • DATE: Monday, June 17
  • TIME: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM M.T.
  • WHERE: East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade, Denver, CO 80206 

For more information about the event, including a full list of the organizations that will be participating this year, please visit our Facebook page by clicking here.

And, if you do decide to attend, please RSVP by clicking here.  

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As always, if you have any questions about these, or any other issues, you can always contact my office at 303-844-4988, or visit my website at DeGette.house.gov where you can read my positions on various issues important to our community, and learn about the different ways my staff can assist you. 

While you’re there, please be sure to visit the “Contact” page and send me an email about what matters most to you and your family.

Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,

Diana DeGette
Member of Congress

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