Muslims held in US immigration detention served pork, expired halal food: Report

According to the groups, detainees have become sick from the pre-packaged expired halal food, reporting stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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Muslims being held by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Miami, are “regularly” being served pork and expired halal meals, according to two rights groups that have submitted a letter of complaint on behalf of the detainees. 

Muslim Advocates, Americans for Immigrant Justice alongside the law firm King & Spalding LLP stated these concerns in a letter on Tuesday. They said that since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the ICE-run Krome Service Processing Center in Miami, Florida, has been serving pre-plated meals that include pork sausages, pork ribs, and other pork dishes to Muslim detainees.

“Because the facility’s halal meals have been persistently served spoiled and expired, Krome’s Muslim detainees must choose between eating pork or eating spoiled food,” The Muslim Advocates said in a statement on Tuesday.

“At least 2-3 times a week, the pre-plated meals unambiguously include pork. Consequently, 2-3 times a week, Muslim detainees at Krome are forced to choose between faith and food,” stated the letter. “There is no reason, even in a pandemic, that Muslim detainees cannot receive unexpired, unspoiled halal meals, or, at the very least, pre-plated meals that do not require them to consume pork.”

According to the groups, detainees have become sick from the pre-packaged expired halal food, reporting stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The groups demanded that ICE and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “immediately stop forcing Muslim detainees to choose between eating pork or rotten halal meat”.

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