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House Dems subpoena ICE detention facility over allegations of medical abuse

House Democrats subpoenaed a private prison firm Wednesday after it refused to hand over documents related to allegations of medical abuse and Covid safety hazards among undocumented immigrants.

Reps. Bennie G. Thompson, chair of the Homeland Security Committee, and Carolyn Maloney, chair of the Oversight Committee, issued the subpoena after having launched investigations into LaSalle Corrections, which runs the Irwin County Detention Center, back in September. Dawn Wooten, a nurse at the Georgia facility, alleged at the time that women held at the detention center underwent sterilizations without their consent. Wooten also alleged the facility routinely violated guidelines for mitigating the spread of coronavirus.

LaSalle Corrections has a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which the firm said prohibited it from sharing documents without ICE’s consent. But Thompson and Maloney dismissed the argument as specious, leading to their Wednesday subpoena. Thompson (D-Miss.) and Maloney (D-N.Y.) also said the firm refused to provide a copy of its contract with ICE.

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