U.S. Rep. Jason Crow will head south to conduct U.S. "border operation oversight," says a Wednesday news release from his office.
The Colorado Democrat, joined by Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., will meet with officials and visit ICE's El Paso (Texas) Processing Center.
Crow has been advocating for more oversight of ICE facilities, including the Aurora Contract Detention Facility in his district.
An inspection of multiple facilities revealed that detainees were experiencing poor conditions, including food safety issues and moldy bathrooms. Following their inspection, the Aurora facility corrected an instance of mislabeled food and said in a statement they are "above compliance in recreational requirements".
Soon after that report, Crow introduced a bill that would require ICE centers to grant members of Congress access within 48 hours of a request.
“It’s clear that ICE has fallen down on the job and refuses to take responsibility for immigrants in its care. The conditions in these detention centers are appalling and an affront to our American values and the dignity of all people,” Crow said in the release.
“While we wait for Mitch McConnell to pass legislation and hold ICE accountable, we are launching a boots on the ground effort to fill the gaps of oversight. We must exhaust every avenue to find a solution.”