DENVER (KMGH/CNN) — Protesters on Monday demanded better treatment for the people held inside an immigrant detention facility in Aurora, Colo.
One issue is the food. Those with relatives inside the facility said their loved ones are being served expired, moldy food.
“They say the food … it’s really gross, it smells bad,” said Sandra Hernandez-Perez, whose brother has been in detention for about three weeks at the facility. “They had like two days that they didn’t did eat anything, nobody ate anything in there because it was really bad.”
This is not the first time questions about the food quality have been raised at this facility. An Inspector General report found undated, unlabeled food at the facility in 2018, but the problem was considered minor and easily fixable.
“One of the things we do look at is the food inspections,” said U.S. Rep. Jason Crowe, D-Colorado, who says his office has implemented a weekly congressional oversight visit to the facility. “We have not yet seen any issues through those inspections.”
After a visit to the facility Monday, Crowe’s office said it was made aware of an issue with some moldy buns that were served to detainees. Crowe and his staff checked the food coolers and say they didn’t find any expired food, but they did talk to staff about checking the food and says it will monitor the situation.
Protesters, however, say that’s not good enough.
“I would like to tell them that they are humans. They need good food. They need good treatment,” Hernandez-Perez said. “That’s my brother.”
There are also claims that detainees at the facility are not being given timely medical treatment.