Imperial Regional Detention Facility

The Imperial Regional Detention Facility is a private ICE detention center located in Calexico, California, that is managed by the Management and Training Corporation. This is a multi-level custody facility that houses detainees who are in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The maximum capacity is 800 inmates.

If you need information about an ICE detainee housed at the Imperial Regional Detention Facility, call (760) 618-7200 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. You must have the detainee's information ready when you call. This includes their full name (first, last, and hyphenated), any known aliases, their date of birth, and their country of birth.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Weekday visitation at Imperial Regional Detention Facility is available Wednesday through Sunday between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

General Rules

Detainees are allowed one hour for visitation. The Assistant Warden may authorize more time for family members traveling long distances. A maximum of two adults and two children may visit at any one time. 

Visitors must have a valid, verifiable government-issued identification card to enter the Imperial Regional Detention Facility. To allow enough time to process through security, visitors must arrive 45 minutes in advance of their scheduled visit.

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

All visits are non-contact. Visitors are not allowed to bring items into the visitation area or give any items to detainees. You will be subject to a pat-down search of your person, an inspection of your belongings, and a metal scan search. 

If you refuse to cooperate with a search, you will not be allowed to visit. No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of the Imperial Regional Detention Facility.

Attorney Visits
Attorneys and paralegals may visit their clients at any time 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Legal representatives may request video teleconference (VTC) meetings by phone at (760) 618-7200 Ext. 111. They may also make a request via email at [email protected]

The email should include the following information:

  • Legal representative’s full name
  • Legal representative’s contact information, including phone number(s), email address, and Skype ID
  • Detainee’s name
  • Detainee’s alien number
  • A few proposed times/dates for the requested video visit
  • 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)

All appointments for VTC meetings or phone calls should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. Appointments are scheduled 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are in 30 to 60-minute increments. 

Consular Visits
Consular officials are allowed to meet with their detained nationals at any time. When possible, arrangements should be made with the ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer in advance by calling (760) 336-4601. All consular officials should bring appropriate credentials. 

Clergy Visits
Clergy are allowed to visit detainees housed at Imperial Regional Detention Facility at any time. Arrangements must be made in advance with the chaplain.

Physical Address

Imperial Regional Detention Facility
1572 Gateway Road
Calexico, CA 92231
United States

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

Facility Main Phone: (760) 618-7200
Field Office Main Phone: (760) 336-4601

Immigration Court: 1-800-898-7180
Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA): (703) 605-1007

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Imperial Regional Detention Facility
Detainee Name
Alien Number, Housing Unit/Dorm/Bunk Number
1572 Gateway Road
Calexico, CA 92231
United States

When sending a detainee mail through the US Postal Service, you must include the last four digits of their Alien number, plus your name and address. The staff at Imperial Regional Detention Facility does not read incoming detainee mail, but they do screen it for contraband. 

Sending Packages

Detainees at Imperial Regional Detention Facility are not allowed to receive care packages. However, a detainee may receive items that are considered necessary for travel or release from agency custody with the approval of the Facility Warden. Before you send a package, contact:

Imperial Regional Detention Facility Warden
1572 Gateway Road
Calexico, CA 92231

Detainees who are being removed from the United States are allowed one small piece of luggage. This can be sent after receiving approval from the Supervisory Deportation Officer. For security reasons, no electronic devices (cell phones, electric razors, laptop computers, radios, etc.) are accepted.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call a detainee directly at Imperial Regional Detention Facility. However, if you need to leave an urgent message you can call (760) 618-7200. The message will be given to the detainee. 

You must include the detainee's full name, their alien registration number, and a telephone number where you can be reached.

How to Send Money

You can send money to a detainee at Imperial Regional Detention Facility by mailing a money order or cashier's directly to:

Imperial Regional Detention Facility
Detainee’s full name and A-number
1572 Gateway Road
Calexico, CA 92231
United States

The money will be taken to the processing area and placed into the detainee's commissary account. The processing officer will issue a receipt. Please, do not send cash.

To Post a Delivery Bond

When a detainee in ICE custody is placed into removal proceedings while they are in the United States, a delivery bond may be posted. When you post a delivery bond, you are required to show proof of identity.

Bonds for aliens detained by ICE can be posted at ICE ERO bond acceptance offices nationwide, Monday through Friday between 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 detainee and their alien registration number before calling. 

Acceptable forms of payment are: 

  • money orders
  • cashier’s checks 
  • certified checks

Payments must be made payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” or “Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

Programs For Inmates

Basic General Education
English as a Second Language
INEA Courses 

Typing Master Pro

Life Skills
Basic Hair Fundamentals
Being a Responsible Mother
Health and Wellness
Inside Out Dad
Recreation Assistant
Anger Management
Sure Helpline Crisis 

Work Programs
Detainee Instructor
Library Assistant
Housing Porter
Yard Squad


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Careers at Imperial Regional Detention Facility

If you are interested in a career with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement/MTC and would like more information about job openings at Imperial Regional Detention Facility, click here.