Schmitt touts “immaculate” quarters for ICE detainees in Goshen

On the heels of two protests outside the Orange County Jail over the detained immigrants being held there for federal authorities, Assemblyman Colin Schmitt announced that he toured the jail’s ICE detention areas and found them “immaculately kept.”

He said the amenties include “large flat screen TVs, computers with internet and color printing capabilities, exercise equipment and personal food options all available for the detainees.”

“I was amazed to personally witness on the tour that the sleeping and hygiene areas for ICE detainees is more modern and well maintained than most of the military barracks I use while on duty,” the New Windsor Republican said in a statement. “The technology available to the detainees is also above what you see in most personal homes, businesses or public schools.”

Schmitt argued that protestors had painted an inaccurate picture of the detainees’ living conditions, and that “all inmates regardless of classification are treated humanely and with dignity” at the jail in Goshen.

For years, Orange County has housed detainees who are awaiting deportation hearings under a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and reaps a large amount of revenue for doing so, budgeting $8.5 million in anticipated income for this year. The recent protests were triggered by controversy over reportedly deplorable conditions at crowded detention centers near the Mexican border where the federal government has been holding undocumented immigrants. About 200 people attended a rally at the jail on July 8 to oppose the county’s arrangement with ICE.

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