ICE Reportedly Feeding Muslim Detainees Pork At Krome Detention Center In Miami

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Two to three times a week, Muslim detainees at Krome are forced to choose between faith and food.

According to a tweet from Spencer Ackerman, a National security reporter for the Daily Beast, ICE is “feeding Muslim detainees pork at its Krome detention center in Miami and its chaplain dismisses this basic, deliberate dignity violation by saying ‘it is what it is.’”

  • On Wednesday, Muslim Advocates, Americans for Immigrant Justice and the law firm King & Spalding LLP sent a letter to the US Department of Homeland Security and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “demanding that agencies immediately stop forcing Muslim detainees to choose between eating pork or rotten halal meat,” reported Muslim Advocates.
  • An excerpt from the letter that was also included in Ackerman’s tweet said: “Although ICE officers at Krome have long been aware of the Muslim detainees’ faith-based dietary restrictions, they are nonetheless regularly serving Muslim detainees pre-plated pork sausage, pork ribs, and other pork-based ingredients during the pandemic...There is no reason, even in a pandemic, that Muslim detainees cannot receive unexpired, unspoiled halal meals, or, at the very least, pre-plated meals that do not require them to consume pork.”

“Krome’s illegal pattern of callousness to the health and free exercise of its Muslim detainees is encapsulated by the chaplain’s response to the Muslim detainees’ requests for assistance, who dismissed their requests by saying, ‘It is what it is.’ That ICE officials continue to serve rotten, expired halal meals or pork-based meats to Muslim detainees evinces deliberate indifference to their well-being,” the report continued.

  • A USA Today report shared an exclusive look into the conditions inside this Krome ICE Detention Center in Miami, Florida, where it houses over 650 detainees per day, moving them “in secure groups between buildings and recreation fields,” and searching them after lunch in the cafeteria.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) replied to Ackerman’s tweet, saying, “These horrifying ICE reports are not one-off incidents. ICE, like many unjust structures, is not ‘broken.’ It is operating in the logical conclusions of its founding. ICE is structured for dehumanization. Experts warned abt this in its creation in ‘03. Another way is possible.”

Read the full report here.

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