Don’t Let ICE Destroy Records of Alleged Human Rights Abuses

Target: Thomas Homan, Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Goal: Back down from the planned destruction of records allegedly linked to possible cases of human rights abuses.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has requested approval to destroy its own records that may cast light on alleged human rights abuses, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In a request to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), ICE reportedly sought permission to destroy records allegedly related to cases including “sexual assaults, solitary confinement and even deaths of people in its custody,” the ACLU warned.

“Other records subject to destruction include alternatives to detention programs; regular detention monitoring reports, logs about the people detained in ICE facilities and communications from the public reporting detention abuses,” the ACLU said.

NARA has already granted provisional approval to ICE’s request, and determined the records don’t contain any information of significance – something the ACLU disagrees with. “It’s hard to believe that the actions of a federal official are not significant in the death or sexual assault of an individual who is in federal immigration custody,” they stated.

If you agree that ICE shouldn’t be able to destroy records of alleged abuse, please sign this petition.


Dear Mr. Homan,

Your agency recently requested approval to destroy records the ACLU says may be linked to cases of human rights abuses, including alleged sexual abuse at the hands of ICE agents, along with deaths in custody. So far, the argument in favor of destroying the records rests on claims they don’t contain any significant information. However, a death in custody is always significant, not to mention allegations of sexual abuse. The fact that ICE seems to view sexual abuse as insignificant is as shocking as it is unprofessional.

As the ACLU argued, “Keeping these documents available is necessary for the public to understand and fully evaluate the operation of a system that is notorious for inhumane and unconstitutional conditions affecting hundreds of thousands of people every year.”

ICE indeed has a controversial reputation, and has long faced allegations of abuse and misconduct. The best way to counter this isn’t to destroy information, but to preserve it in the public interest.


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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    this is not right! its just fascism and racism!

  2. I agree with both of you. This isn’t correct- facism and racism!

  3. Paulette Mirfield says:

    Destroying records of complaints is giving them the tacit agreement that abuses can continue or even increase with impunity. Detainees are still human beings and deserve respect.

  4. Gods – Ministry of Truth much?

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