Statement on Reports of Human Rights Violations at Krome Detention Center

MIAMI-DADE, FL: Credible reports have emerged concerning egregious human rights violations against Muslim detainees being held at the Krome Service Processing Center in Miami. The reports claim that “ICE officers at Krome have repeatedly served pork or pork-based products to Muslim detainees, contrary to the detainees’ sincerely held religious belief that they are forbidden from consuming pork.”

Statement from Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis:

“I am deeply disturbed by the credible reports from ICE’s Krome Processing Center in Miami. These actions, if true, represent more than abuse and neglect, they represent a violation of basic human rights. The men and women who work for ICE are charged with upholding the United States Constitution, including the First Amendment, which guarantees the free exercise of religion, and the Eighth Amendment, forbidding cruel and unusual punishment. These constitutional rights do not end at the front door of the Krome Processing Center. We call on ICE to respond immediately to these allegations and to ensure that it is treating our Muslim brothers and sisters with dignity and respect.”

 


The Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee is the governing body of the Democratic Party in Miami-Dade County. Its mission is to build and sustain a strong Democratic Party in Miami-Dade County for the purpose of electing Democratic candidates to offices at all levels of government.

 


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