Migrant Families on ICE
150 More Photos: Inside Border Patrol’s Detention Centers: posted by
In 2016, a court unsealed photos & video frames from inside Border Patrol’s holding facilities for immigrants. The public had never seen the inside of these places before. Media outlets ran only a few images, so I posted all 190. The facilities are purposely kept freezing cold. Immigrants call them las hieleras (“iceboxes,” “coolers,” or “refrigerators”). The silver things you see here are actually human beings wrapped in mylar sheets.
>>> In an ongoing class-action lawsuit over Custom and Border Protection’s detention facilities, a judge has released a second batch of images, giving the public the first glimpse inside these holding cells in use. This time, not only are there photos of the Southern Arizona facilities being inspected, we have video stills showing the holding areas filled with men, women, and children. They are sometimes wrapped in silver Mylar sheets because the crowded, filthy facilities are often kept extremely cold, earning them the nickname las hieleras (“iceboxes,” “coolers,” or “refrigerators”).