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CAIR-Florida asks US ICE for explanation on allegations of pork served to detainees in Miami's Krome Processing Center

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August 20, 2020

Miami Field Office  
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
865 SW 78th Ave., Suite 101
Plantation, FL 33324
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Waldemar Rodriguez
Office of Professional Responsibility
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
P.O. Box 14475
Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20044
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Liana J. Castano

Acting ICE Director in Charge
Krome Service Processing Center
18201 SW 12th Street
Miami, FL 33194
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Cameron Quinn
Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Building 410, Mail Stop #0190
Washington, D.C. 20528
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To Whom it May Concern:

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) is the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group that offers legal services to victims of discrimination. Our Muslim Inmates Advocacy Department works to ensure that guarantees of civil rights are not eroded by detention facilities.  

It has come to our attention, as well as to the general public, through various sources that Muslim detainees at the Krome Service Processing Center are suffering egregious violations of constitutional rights by denying them their sincerely held religious belief to a halal food diet. Furthermore, we have received information that they are being served spoiled halal meals, or “satellite” meals consisting of pork, a clear and well-known violation of Islamic dietary law.

We are aware that you have received a detailed letter from respected civil rights organizations on the 19th of August. That letter highlights over a dozen cases that blatantly point out the unconstitutionality of what Muslim detainees at Krome are facing regarding religious diet as well as food safety standards.

The Council on American Islamic Relations in Florida is asking for the immediate rectification of this issue. Specifically, Muslim detainees at Krome Service Processing Center—and all DHS and ICE facilities—should be offered halal food that is not expired and meets the sincerely held religious beliefs of the individuals. Additionally, absolutely no pork products or cross-contaminated foods should be served to Muslim detainees.

We work across the state to provide trainings and proactive solutions to these types of constitutional issues. We are available to assist in reaching a solution for the benefit of Muslim detainees moving forward and hope you will reach out immediately upon receipt of this letter.

While we strive to educate and facilitate solutions, CAIR-Florida considers these types of matters urgent priorities that demand an immediate and transparent response.  We are concerned about our clients currently detained at the facility and the general Muslim population with issues that clearly appear to be egregious violations of constitutional and statutory rights.  

We anticipate your quick response.

 

Regards,

Thania Diaz Clevenger
Operations Director and Acting Legal Director
CAIR Florida
8076 N. 56th St.
Tampa, FL 33617

Hiba Rahim
Muslim Inmates Advocacy Coordinator
CAIR Florida
8076 N. 56th St.
Tampa, FL 33617