A DHS spokesperson confirmed late last week that the department had begun transferring women from a facility in New Mexico to the West Texas Detention Facility in Sierra Blanca, a small town about 90 miles outside of El Paso.
Dozens of undocumented women are being quietly moved to a West Texas privately-run detention center that's been previously described as "hell," according to Buzzfeed
intel from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
A DHS spokesperson confirmed with Buzzfeed reporter John Stanton late last week that women were being moved from a New Mexico center to a facility in Sierra Blanca — a town about 90 miles southeast of El Paso.
This center, run by LaSalle Corrections, has a long history of alleged mistreatment of its detainees. Last March, inmates reported
that they were deprived running water for at least three days, leaving toilets "full of human waste." They were allegedly told to use plastic bags in place of a toilet.
And in early June of this year, Mexican journalist Martin Mendez Pineda decided he'd rather return to the violence-riddled state of Guerrero
, where his life had been threatened by both police and gang members, than stay another day in the Sierra Blanca facility.
"I live daily the sad reality of maltreatment and discrimination...but know that this suffering may help the better treatment of the undocumented [migrants] and also of all the journalists of Mexico and other countries in the future,” he wrote in an April 13 statement, where he called the center "hell."
It's unknown how many women were transferred to the center — or why. Unidentified "human rights activists" told Stanton that they were moved without without DHS contacting the attorneys representing the women.