Schumer Statement On DHS Whistleblower Complaint Of Abuse At ICE Detention Centers

September 15, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer at a press conference today addressed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistleblower complaint on the abuse of immigrant women at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers. Senator Schumer called on the DHS Inspector General to immediately investigate the complaint:

“The horrific conditions described at ICE facilities in the latest DHS whistleblower complaint harken back to similar atrocities that the entire world committed to never let happen again. As any student of history knows, brutal dictators and nationalists have used forced hysterectomies to oppress, punish, and erase marginalized populations for centuries. This has no place in any society – much less at the hands of the United States government.

“The DHS Inspector General must immediately launch an investigation into this complaint. Americans need to know what happened to women and girls in these detention facilities and, if verified, who is responsible for pushing these invasive medical procedures. And if these horrific reports are true, we as a nation have an obligation to bring those responsible for this unquestionable violation of human rights to justice.”