Following multiple reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees offered Muslim detainees the choice between expired food and pork dishes, lawmakers Monday called on the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the agency, to investigate.\u0022It is unconscionable Muslim ICE detainees were reportedly forced to choose between eating pork or rotten halal food,\u0022 Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said in a tweet Monday. \u0022This is the latest betrayal of religious liberty by Trump and a reminder of the inhumanity of ICE detention.\u0022In the\u0026nbsp;letter\u0026nbsp;signed by Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), and 26 other U.S. House members, the lawmakers cite a previous letter from Muslim Advocates and Americans for Immigrant Justice last month that called for an investigation into what the groups called an \u0022unlawful pattern of religious discrimination\u0022 at the Krome Service Processing Center in Miami.The advocacy groups wrote in their letter that \u0022during the pandemic, ICE officers at Krome have repeatedly served pork or pork-based products to Muslim detainees, contrary to the detainees\u0026#039; sincerely held religious belief that they are forbidden from consuming pork.\u0022Federal officials must not be allowed to carry out the hate agenda of this President with impunity. Proud to join this effort with @Ilhan and @RepAndreCarson to bring an end to such gross acts of dehumanization. https://t.co/0c23mGVyHJ— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) August 31, 2020Citing a history of allegations of detainee rights violations, the coalition of congressional representatives asked DHS to investigate not only the Krome facility, but any facility with \u0022significant numbers of detainees requiring religious accommodations,\u0022 and to give a list of those facilities \u0022including the numbers of detainees requiring religious accommodations,\u0026nbsp;disaggregated by religion, at each of them.\u0022No one should have to choose between their faith and food. Call your reps \u0026amp; express concern about dehumanizing treatment of immigrants in your community. Ask reps to put pressure on ICE to release detained immigrants, starting with the elderly \u0026amp; medically vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/ctQ278hSKV— Americans for Immigrant Justice - AI Justice (@Am4ImmJustice) August 19, 2020According to HuffPost, ICE has denied the allegations, telling the news outlet, \u0022Performance-Based National Detention Standards cover all aspects of detention to include reasonable accommodation of religious dietary practices.\u0022In a press release in August, Muslim Advocates—who, in February 2019 sued the Florida ICE facility for violating detainees\u0026#039; religious rights—shared an image of expired food labels obtained from a detainee at the Krome facility, and noted in their letter to officials that detainees who ate the expired food experienced \u0022stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.\u0022Lawmakers pointed to these reports and others in their request Monday:The allegations that Muslim detainees were given a \u0022choice\u0022 to violate their religious tenets by\u0026nbsp;eating pork, or offered spoiled halal food as a substitute, are outlined in detail in a letter sent to\u0026nbsp;your office by Muslim Advocates on August 18, 2020.\u0026nbsp;While ICE has publicly denied the\u0026nbsp;allegations, every aspect of the allegations has documented precedent. Given the history of\u0026nbsp;religious freedom violations across ICE detention facilities, including violations affecting\u0026nbsp;Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, and Hindu detainees we find the allegations of targeted violations of\u0026nbsp;Muslim civil rights to be credible.Furthermore, given a history of dangerously poor food quality in ICE detention facilities,\u0026nbsp;including those enumerated in a February, 2019 DHS Office of the Inspector General report\u0026nbsp;regarding the detention facility in Essex, New Jersey, we find the allegation that the \u0022reasonable\u0026nbsp;accommodation\u0022 provided to detainees at Krome may have included spoiled religiously\u0026nbsp;compliant food alternatives to be credible.As you are no doubt aware, forcing Muslim detainees to choose between eating pork and eating\u0026nbsp;spoiled halal food would be a clear violation of ICE\u0026#039;s 2011 Performance-Based National\u0026nbsp;Detention Standards.\u0026nbsp;They would also be clear violations of the civil rights and civil liberties of\u0026nbsp;Muslim detainees.Journalist and podcast host Phillip Picardi noted systemic issues surrounding ICE\u0026#039;s treatment of detainees is bigger than the latest complaint. Tweeting excerpts of a podcast titled \u0022Why Are Muslims Starving in ICE Detention,\u0022 Picardi cited Nimra Azimi, an attorney for Muslim Advocates:Nimra Azmi of @MuslimAdvocates explains this follows a larger pattern: “There’s a denial of things like prayer, not offering Ramadan meals on time, interrupting prayer, denying access to religious texts, or denying access to religious articles.” https://t.co/rUkOIMjSiD— pfpicardi (@pfpicardi) August 28, 2020Picardi also interviewed immigration reporter\u0026nbsp;Aura Bogado, who said the misinformed notion that ICE detainees are criminals adds to their mistreatment. \u0022There\u0026#039;s an automatic notion that people [in ICE custody] are serving hard time,\u0022 Bogado told Picardi.\u0022People in immigrant detention are being held on civil matters—there\u0026#039;s no alleged crime. You yourself are not a crime for existing,\u0022 Bogado said.