Immigration Detention Justice Center

El Paso Processing Center

The El Paso Processing Center is an immigration detention facility located in El Paso, Texas.  The facility is technically an ICE Service Processing Center.  It houses immigrant detainees who are either awaiting deportation or having pending immigration cases before the El Paso Immigration Court.  The facility has space for approximately 840 inmates, and it has an average daily population of 771 adult detainees.  Because of the facility’s proximity to the border, it sometimes serves as a staging area for ICE to hold immigrants before deportation.  The facility is also referred to as the El Paso Detention Center or El Paso Immigration Detention Center.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility

Address:

El Paso Processing Center
8915 Montana Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79925

Phone:

(915)225-0700

Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, call the facility’s main desk at (915)225-0700.  The facility will not connect you directly to an inmate, but if you leave a message with the detainee’s name and alien number, the facility will leave a message for the person to call you back.  It is recommended that, in your message, you leave a date and time for the person to call you back.  This will ensure that you are available to receive the call.  Detainee phone calls are not free, and so you will need to add money to the person’s collect account.

To deposit money in the person’s phone or other account, visit www.telmate.com, click on the state of Texas, and click on the link for “El Paso SPC.”

To visit the a person at the detention facility in El Paso, go there Monday through Friday between 6pm and 9pm and on the weekend between 11am-3pm or 6pm-9pm.

To send mail to the person, use the following address:

Inmate Name and Alien Number
El Paso Processing Center
8915 Montana Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79925

Make sure to include the person’s alien number above the address line, or the mail will be returned.

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

ICE deportation officers work on-site, at the El Paso Service Processing Center.  Accordingly, they can be reached by calling the facility’s main desk at (915)225-0700.  There is one ICE officer assigned to each case.  He or she will be able to tell you the person’s case status and immigration charges.  The head supervisor at the detention facility is Frances M. Jackson,  who is an Assistant Field Office Director.  To contact the main office, the El Paso Field Office, call (915)225-0885.  At this office works Field Office Director Adrian P. Macias, who oversees multiple detention facilities in the region.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Some immigration detainees may be eligible for release on an immigration bond — especially long-time residents with non-serious criminal backgrounds.  To determine a person’s eligibility, one can start by contacting an ICE officer assigned to his or her case.  El Paso immigration detainees should speak to ICE officers working at the El Paso Processing Center.  They can be contacted by calling the facility’s main line at (915)225-0700.  Even if ICE denies bond, the immigrant detainee can request a bond hearing before an immigration judge.  For this, he will probably need the assistance of an immigration attorney.

Bonds can be posted at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  But to get a person held in El Paso released in the fastest amount of time, one should post bond at the detention facility itself, located at:

8915 Montana Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79925

Note: Bond may not be posted at the El Paso Field Office.

Post-Release

While other detention facilities will provide transportation to the nearest airport of bus station, the El Paso Processing Center does not.  Family or friends of El Paso detainees should pick them up at the facility.

The Removal Process

Immigrants detained at the El Paso Processing Center are usually placed in removal proceedings, wherein Immigration and Customs Enforcement seeks to deport them from the United States.  Almost always, immigrants have the right to a full and fair hearing before an immigration judge.  This may not be the case if the detainee has previously been deported.

Immigration Court

Detainees at the El Paso Processing Center attend hearings at an immigration court located inside the detention facility.  The El Paso SPC Immigration Court can be reached at (915)771-1600.  Currently, the judges serving there are:

  • Judge Guadalupe Gonzalez
  • Judge William L. Abbott
  • Judge Stephen Ruhle

Timeframe

Currently, it can take between 2-3 weeks for a person to see an immigration judge, from the time that he or she is detained. In fiscal year 2011, it took an average of 68 days for cases at El Paso Processing Center to be completed.  This is significantly higher than the average days for case completion at other detention facilities in Texas.

Facility Background

The El Paso Processing Center is was built in 1967 and last upgraded in 1998.  The facility is unique in that it is operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and not a private contractor.  From 2007 to 2008, roughly 9,000 detainees left the facility.  Of these 86% were either deported or removed, and only 4% bonded out.  This percentage of “bond-outs” is lower than other facilities in Texas, and may reflect that persons detained at the El Paso Processing Center tend to have more difficult deportation cases, or that the immigration judges at El Paso SPC are more conservative.

Nearby Facilities

If you are having difficulty locating someone at the El Paso Processing Center, you may want to try contacting any the following immigration detention centers:

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