Report: ICE Detention Center Captain Sought To Start White Nationalist Group


A captain at an ICE detention facility sought to establish a white supremacist group in Indiana.

Travis Frey, a captain at the Nevada Southern Detention Center, which is run by private prison behemoth CoreCivic and contracted with ICE, was active on the neo-Nazi site Iron March and aspired to establish a white nationalist chapter in his area, according to Vice

Frey, 31, joined Iron March in 2013 while he was working as head of security at a CoreCivic jail in Indianapolis, which was also authorized to house detainees on behalf of ICE.

On Iron March, he used the screen name “In Hoc Signo Vinces,” a Latin phrase that was the title of the American Nazi Party’s manifesto.

In a post from November 2016, Frey wrote that “any ‘man’ who gets that upset about ‘virulent racism’ couldn’t knock out a tooth even if I tied my hands behind my back.”

“Deep down no one really gives a shit about racism,” he wrote. 

Frey’s participation on Iron March raises concerns about his tenure while holding a position of authority over the lives of vulnerable populations, including migrants, many of whom are often people of color.

An ICE spokesperson said: “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds those working within our facilities to the highest standards of professional conduct. The incident in question does not involve a federal employee.” CoreCivic has not responded to a request for comment. 

In June 2017, Frey started considering joining the Traditionalist Workers Party (TWP), which was a key player in the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017. “I am interested in helping build the Indiana TWP, let me know what is needed,” he wrote. 

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As some white supremacists pine for a white-race-only utopia, I wonder how long it would take before we Caucasians began to segregate ourselves according to subracial or ethnic identities (e.g. western from eastern European heritage)? Though there’s no greater difference among us humans than varied races, remove them (and perhaps also religion), and left are less obvious differences over which to clash. For those who doubt this, history is rife with horrific, even genocidal, instances. I believe that inevitably, if not imminently, a whites-only world would revert to the same typical politics of scale to which we multi-race humans seem so collectively hopelessly prone; from the intercontinental, international, national, provincial or state, regional and municipal, and so forth down the scale we tumble. Hypothetically, reduce ourselves to just a few city blocks of residents who are similar in every way, and eventually some form of notable inter-neighbourhood hostility would surface.

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