NY lawmaker says he heard 'horror stories' during tour of immigrant detention center in Georgia

Irwin County Detention Center
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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Members of Congress, including a representative from New York, visited a much-maligned immigrant detention center in Georgia on Saturday that they say should be shut down.

Congressman and Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Adriano Espaillat was among those who visited the Irwin County Detention Center, about 200 miles south of Atlanta. He said he heard “horror stories” from women who were “subjected to inhumane treatment” at the center.

“We were told how they tried to do a facelift on the facility before we got there,” Espaillat said. “But that didn't deter the women from telling the truth. And the truth is that they've been subjected to inhumane conditions. This facility should shut down.”