ICE releases standards for temporary/short term housing
WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today Temporary Housing Standards (THS) for single adults, family units, and children. The new standards outline the requirements for housing noncitizens at temporary stay site for 72 hours or less. The THS are broadly modeled after ICE’s national detention standards, however they are tailored to the context and limitations of a hotel setting.
Transportation interruptions due to inclement weather, cancelled flights, or other unforeseen circumstances can necessitate ICE’s use of temporary stay sites – such as hotels – to securely and humanely house noncitizens until transportation can be safely resumed. The temporary housing standards announced today will provide uniform guidance regarding the use and conditions of these sites. The standards announced today will not expand the circumstances under which ICE uses temporary housing.
These standards were developed in coordination with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the DHS Office of the Immigration Detention Ombudsman. Like ICE standards for detention facilities, THS cover areas such as Environmental Health and Safety, Personal Hygiene, and Recreation, tailored to the circumstances likely to be encountered in hotel stays.