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Desert View Annex

Los Angeles Field Office

Contacting Non-citizens
Contacting Non-citizens

If you need information about a non-citizen that is housed at this facility, you may call (760) 246-1171 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. When you call, please have the individual's biographical information ready, including first, last and hyphenated names, any aliases he or she may use, date of birth and country of birth.

If you need to get in touch with a non-citizen you must call (866) 348-6231 and leave the non-citizen's full name, non-citizen registration number and a telephone number where you can be reached. He or she will be given your message.

Non-citizens cannot receive incoming calls. If you need to get in touch with a non-citizen to leave an urgent message, you must call (760) 246-1171 and leave the non-citizen's full name, non-citizen immigration file number and your name and telephone number where you can be reached. The non-citizen will be given your message.

Legal & Case Information
Legal & Case Information

Immigration Court

For information about a matter before the immigration court, you may call 1-800-898-7180 to speak with them directly. Applications for relief from removal, and other applications requested by the immigration judge must be filed directly with the immigration court.

Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

For information about a matter before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), you may call (703) 605-1007 where you can obtain automated information or speak with a live representative during office hours.

Click the link for a list of pro bono representatives nationwide who might be able to assist you.

To Post a Delivery Bond

Delivery bonds are posted when a person has been taken into ICE custody and placed into removal proceedings while in the United States. The person posting the bond must show proof of identity (valid Government-issued photo identification, passport, military ID, LPR card, driver’s license, etc.). This person (the obligor) is responsible for ensuring that the alien presents them self before an officer or representative of this agency whenever a request is made.

Bonds for non-citizens detained by ICE may be posted at ICE ERO bond acceptance offices nationwide, Monday through Friday (except public holidays) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., local time. For a list of ICE ERO bond acceptance offices nearest you or for bond information, click here. You must have the last name of the non-citizens and alien registration number before calling. Acceptable forms of payment to post a bond are money orders, cashier’s checks or certified checks. For all bonds $10,000 and over, the only accepted method of payment is a single cashier or certified check. Payments must be made payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” or “Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

Hours of Visitation
Hours of Visitation

Friends and Family Visits

Housing Unit A

  • Tuesday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Contact
  • Friday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Contact
  • Saturday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m., Contact

Segregation SMU

  • Tuesday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.Non-Contact
  • Wednesday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Admin Seg Contact
  • Friday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Non-Contact
  • Saturday 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. Contact
  • Sunday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Non-Contact

Housing Unit B

  • Monday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Contact
  • Thursday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Contact
  • Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Contact

To ensure adequate time to process visitors through security, all visitors must arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled visit time.

Visitors must arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to be guaranteed a visit.

All visitor must have a U.S., State or Federal, issued identification document, or foreign passport with a valid U.S. visa to be admitted.

Only 3 visitors will be allowed in at one time unless prior approval by the Facility Administrator (exception, a baby in adult arms will not be counted as a visitor).

Minors who are visiting the facility must be accompanied by an adult guardian (18 years or older). Minors must not be left unaccompanied in the waiting room, visiting room or any other area.

Visits are limited to (1) one hour in length unless prior approval has been granted by the Facility Administrator.

Non-citizens may receive only (1) one visit per day.

Attorney Visits

Legal representatives of non-citizens are authorized to visit their clients 24 hours a day.

A list of pro bono (free) legal organizations will be posted in all non-citizen housing units and other appropriate areas. This list shall be updated quarterly. If a non-citizen wishes to see a representative or paralegal from that organization, it is the non-citizen's responsibility to contact them for an appointment.

Attorney Video Teleconferencing

Legal representatives may request video teleconference (VTC) meetings or confidential legal phone calls with their clients or prospective clients by email at ADL196COURT@GEOGROUP.COM. Security personnel will email or call back with a confirmed date and time. Please see the flyer for details.

The email should include:

  • Legal representative’s full name
  • Legal representative’s contact information, including phone number(s), email address, and conference call ID
  • Desert View supports Microsoft Teams/WebEx/Zoom for virtual attorney client visits
  • Non-citizen’s name
  • Non-citizen’s immigration file number
  • A few proposed times/dates for the requested VTC session
  • A scan of the legal representative’s government issued identification
  • A scan of the legal representative’s identification or documentation reflecting their status as an active legal representative, such as a state bar card, attorney license, paralegal license, or similar legal status.
  • A scan of the attorney’s DHS Form G-28 (unless this is a pre-representational)
  • If a legal assistant is the only legal representative to join the call, the email should also attach a letter of authorization on the firm’s/organization’s letterhead and a scan of the assistant’s identification.

For additional questions about this process, please contact the Desert View Facility: (760) 561-6160.

All appointments for VTC meetings or phone calls should be made 24 hours prior to the desired appointment time. Appointments are scheduled 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are in 60-minute increments. Legal representatives are not limited on the number of VTC appointments they can request, but no legal representative is permitted more than one 60-minute appointment with a non-citizen in a single day.

The same guidelines for in-person attorney/client visits will apply to VTC meetings and legal calls. Only legal representatives, legal assistants, and interpreters will be allowed; no family or friends of the clients are permitted. The attorney and/or his/her agents may contact outside interpretation services during the call or session. The sessions will be confidential; a visitation officer will be stationed outside of the confidential room to ensure security by standing out of the room. The officer will knock 5 minutes before the cut off time.

Electronic Exchange of Legal Documentation

When timely communication through the mail is not possible, the facility administrator may, in his discretion, allow for a reasonable amount of electronic written communication by means between the detained noncitizen and their designated legal representative.

Faxes/Emails Sent by Legal Representatives to the Attention of Detained Noncitizens

Legal representatives can send legal correspondence to 196-VAV@thegeogroup.onmicrosoft.com. Legal Representatives should make clear in the subject line that it is legal correspondence/mail and include as an attachment the specific documents/forms that the legal representative wants the facility to deliver to the detained noncitizen. Within the email the legal representative should include the following information and a cover sheet for the attachment that includes the:

  • Noncitizen Full Name
  • A-Number
  • Sender’s Return Fax Number
  • Total number of pages sent
  • Notate the correspondence is “Legal Mail”

The documents will be inspected for contraband, but not read. The legal mail will be delivered to the detainee. All legal electronic communication requests will be processed during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. excluding holidays.

Consular Visits

Consular officials may meet with their detained nationals at any time. It is requested that prior arrangements be made with the ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer to the extent possible, and that consular officials bring appropriate credentials when they come to the facility. The ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer in charge of the facility can be reached at (760) 561-6100.

Clergy Visits

Clergy may visit non-citizens at any time, but must make prior arrangements with the Chaplain's Office at (760) 561-6100.

Visiting Restrictions

  • All family or other social visits are contact (excluding Security concerns or Disciplinary status).
  • No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted in the facility.
  • If visitors are or appear to be intoxicated, visitation will not be allowed.
  • All visitors are subject to search while in the facility.
  • Visitors are not allowed to pass or attempt to pass any items to non-citizens.
  • Visitors are not allowed to carry any items into the visitation area.

Search Procedures (prior to or during all visitations)

All individuals requesting admittance to the facility or the visitation area are subject to a pat-down search of their person, an inspection of their belongings, and a metal scan search. Individuals refusing to cooperate with a reasonable search will not be admitted. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted. No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of this facility

Sending Item to Non-citizens
Sending Item to Non-citizens

Letters sent to non-citizens must include the last four (4) numbers of non-citizen's immigration file number, the housing unit/dorm/bunk number, and the sender's name and address. To enhance the safety of the facility, all incoming mail is subject to screening for contraband. The mail is not read upon opening, only inspected by the delivering officer. Non-citizens may send mail from the facility. Non-citizens may seal their outgoing letters and place them in the provided receptacle. All incoming mail will be delivered to the non-citizen, and outgoing mail will be routed to the proper postal office within 24 hours of receipt by facility staff. A mail pick-up and delivery schedule is posted in all housing units. The mail clerk will distribute mail to the housing units Monday-Friday (excluding weekends and holidays).

Letters should be addressed as follows:

Non-citizen Name
Non-citizen immigration file number (last 4 digits only – 1234), Housing Unit/Dorm/Bunk Number
10450 Rancho Road
Adelanto, CA 92301

Non-citizens may purchase stamps for use. Generally, there is no limit to the amount of correspondence non-citizens may send at their own expense. Non-citizens who have no means of financial support and no funds in their facility account will be provided postage allowance at government expense.

When non-citizens depart the facility or are transferred to another facility, only their legal mail will be forwarded to them. General correspondence will be endorsed "Return to Sender" and returned to the post office.

If non-citizens receive funds in the mail, they will be taken to the processing area for the money to be placed into their account. The processing officer will provide a receipt for all funds received. Non-citizens are cautioned not to have cash sent to them through the mail.

Note: This section is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 precautions.

A non-citizen may receive items that are determined to be of necessity for the sole purpose of travel or release from agency custody with approval of the ICE Deportation Officer. Before sending packages to non-citizens, contact the assigned ICE Deportation Officer at the facility at: (760) 561-6100

Desert View
10400 Rancho Road
Adelanto, CA 92301

Note: This section is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 precautions.

Note that non-citizens being removed from the United States are allowed one small piece of luggage. If a non-citizen does not have such baggage at the facility, luggage may be sent/delivered after receiving approval from the assigned ICE Deportation Officer. Please be advised that for security reasons, no electronic devices (cell phones, electric razors, laptop computers, radios, etc.) will be accepted.

Press & Media
Press & Media

The facility has a responsibility to protect the privacy and other rights of detainees and members of the staff. Therefore, interviews will be regulated to ensure the orderly and safe operation of the facility. Ordinarily, live television or radio interviews will not be permitted in the facility. For media inquiries about ICE activities, operations, or policies, contact the ICE Office of Public Affairs at ICEMedia@ice.dhs.gov.

Personal Interviews

A news media representative who desires to conduct an interview with a non-citizen must apply in writing to the Los Angeles Field Office, Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, indicating familiarity with and agreement to comply with the rules and regulations of the facility as provided to that person by staff.

Noncitizen Consent

A noncitizen has the right not to be interviewed, photographed, or recorded by the media. Before interviewing, photographing, or recording the voice of a noncitizen, a visiting representative of the media must obtain written permission from that individual.

FOIA
FOIA

All FOIA and Privacy Act requests must be submitted on form G-639 (Freedom of Information / Privacy Act Request) or in letter format. All requests must contain the original, notarized signature of the subject in question. Please complete the form G-639 thoroughly and if writing a letter, be sure to include the full name, any other names used, date of birth, place of birth, A-Number of the non-citizen you are seeking information about, as well as your full name, address, and telephone number, so that we may contact you if we have any questions.

Mail your FOIA or Privacy Act request to:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office
800 North Capitol Street, NW, Room 585
Washington, D.C. 20536

Phone – 1-866-633-1182
Email – ICE-FOIA@dhs.gov

Feedback or Complaints
Feedback or Complaints

We strive to provide quality service to people in our custody, their family, friends, and to their official representatives. If you believe that we have not lived up to this commitment, we would like to know. If we have met or exceeded your expectations, please let us know that as well. To comment on the services provided at this office, please write to:

Field Office Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
300 North Los Angeles St. #7621
Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you feel that an ICE employee or contract services employee mistreated you and wish to make a complaint of misconduct, you may:

Contact the Field Office Director at:

Field Office Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
300 North Los Angeles St. #7621
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 830-7911

Write the Office of Professional Responsibility:

Director, Office of Professional Responsibility
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
500 12th Street, SW
Suite 1049
Mailstop 5099
Washington, DC 20536-5005

Contact the ICE OPR Integrity Coordination Center (ICC):

1-833-4ICE-OPR
ICEOPRIntake@ice.dhs.gov

You may also contact the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General:

DHS Office of Inspector General
Attn: Office of Investigations - Hotline
245 Murray Drive, Building 410 Stop: 2600
Washington, DC 20528
Call: 1-800-323-8603
Fax: 202-254-4292
DHSOIGHOTLINE@DHS.GOV

10450 Rancho Road
Adelanto, CA 92301
United States

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