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Touchy Feely ICE Enforcement and Removal Operation: "Detainee Intercultural Center Is A Place For Spiritual Reflection"
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE ERO) is all about making life in the United States more comfortable for illegal aliens, especially for those ICE ERO holds in custody.
ICE News Release November 8, 2012
The newly-established Detainee Intercultural Center at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) El Paso Processing Center in Texas is a place where men and women in ICE custody can reflect, meditate and worship. The modest 13-by-55 foot structure is part of the existing building.
"The El Paso Processing Center is the only ICE detention facility in the country with such a dedicated center," said Sandra Marinelarena, the interim assistant field office director, addressing the group of attendees at the center's dedication ceremony held in early October.
"The new Detainee Intercultural Center, not onlyserves the spiritual needs of people in our custody, but it's part of ICE's larger effort to reform the immigration detention system as a whole," said ICE Field Office Director Adrian Macias. "For the past three years, ICE has been making a concerted effort to move away from a punitive immigration detention system to one that's more suited to civil immigration. The Detainee Intercultural Center in El Paso is another positive step in that direction."