Congressman DeSaulnier’s Statement on Cancellation of ICE Contract at West County Detention Facility

July 10, 2018
Press Release

Richmond, CA – Today, Congressman DeSaulnier (CA-11) issued the following statement after the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office announced it will cancel its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain undocumented immigrants at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond.

“Having called for the termination of the contract, I support the Board of Supervisors’ decision and look forward to working with them on making sure the concerns of the community and clients are addressed,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

Following multiple and varying allegations of abuse by ICE agents at the West County Detention Facility, Congressman DeSaulnier called for the termination of the County’s ICE contract in March of this year, and he urged U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to conduct a third-party investigation of the West County Detention Facility. Contra Costa County is the only of the nine Bay Area counties that has a contract ICE.