In a letter to acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, the Democratic senators from New Mexico said they had “deep concern about the reports of inhumane treatment” at ICE detention centers.
“We request that you immediately investigate the conditions and oversight for detainees held at all ICE detention facilities to evaluate violations of detention standards and make that report public,” the senators wrote.
The letter came a day after The New Mexican published interviews with two Cuban asylum-seekers who said authorities had used solitary confinement as a punitive measure in retaliation for their hunger strikes at detention centers in Otero and Cibola counties.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also has demanded that ICE put an end to “inhumane treatment” at facilities in the state, sending a letter to the DHS last month that called for an investigation.