ICE Builds More Immigration Detention Centers

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LOS ANGELES -- On the heels of ACLU allegations of abuse in immigration detention centers in Arizona, La Opinión reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is building new centers in California, Florida, Illinois, Texas, and New Jersey. These centers are being designed and built by a collection of private detention center management companies. According to Detention Watch Network, together these companies have spent more than $20 million in the last decade lobbying for the construction of additional private detention centers.

ICE has stated that the new centers will be an improvement for detained immigrants. By increasing the number of centers in these locations, the agency argues, detainees’ families will be able to visit them more easily.

A recent Human Rights Watch report, however, finds that immigrant detainees are regularly transfered from one detention center to another, making it harder for detainees to find legal representation and defend themselves against detention and deportation.

ICE has also requested $72 million from Congress for detention alternatives such as electronic ankle bracelets that allow people to be under ICE surveillance without being held in detention centers. This request represents a $3 million increase from last year’s funds, which would cover an additional 2,500 detainees.

Immigration activists cite the Secure Communities program, which requires local police to share fingerprint data of all arrestees with federal immigration officials, as the reason behind the increased need for space in detention centers.


 

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Anonymous

Posted Jun 29 2011

Gillard Govt in TROUBLE. Just RELEASED MR Abbott demands the PM and treasurer Wayne Swan resign immediately.. The editors of two major newspapers Garry Linnell ( the Australian ) and Paul Whittaker ( telegraph ) have received an email from a senior official in Australian tax office that proves beyond doubt, PM Gillard and treasurer Wayne Swan requested special tax concessions for a hairdressing franchise in pm Gillards electorate..

Anonymous

Posted Jun 30 2011

Does rate this story mean judge the contents or how it was written?

Anonymous

Posted Jun 30 2011

We should have better ways to invest our money in this country like schools , programs for children, senior citizens welfare, health care and find a way to provide immigration reform by fining , making all those requesting to stay learn English and pay a fine for crossing the border , a way to make money instead of us building large detention centers that are nothing but a negative to all considered.

Anonymous

Posted Jul 3 2011

ICE sucks.

Anonymous

Posted Jul 12 2011

1. Instead of shipping Dad or Mom back to where they came from illegally, ship the entire family. Thus, the incentive to return is gone.
2. Stop giving scholarships to kids just because they are of a different race or economic need! Base it on "scholarship".
3. Stop giving instate tuition to illegals.
4. The people who work at ICE do the best they can, it's those congressmen and women who need to get a backbone and tell the leaders of other countries to improve their countries opportunities so their citizens will have a desire to stay there!
5. When a child is born to illegal parents here...do NOT give them automatic citizenship! That is ridiculous!

Anonymous

Posted Aug 26 2011

ILLEGAL immigrants are ILLEGAL. Why are they not deported, and our borders secured to prevent them from just walking or driving in? I paid into social security all my working life to have a small check to pay my rent, buy groceries, and pay medical bills. Now the ILLEGAL immigrants are getting social security funds that they have not paid into. Soon it will be gone, and then how do all of us who depend on social security survive? Our elected officials who allowed this disgrace to happen don't need social security, because their pay will continue into their retirement. Isn't it amazing that they vote raises for themselves each year. WAKE UP America.

Anonymous

Posted Jun 2 2012

These ICE centers have nothing to do with immigration but the eventual incarceration of the general public as the public is increasingly aware that the US is in fact becoming a police state. Over 250 detention centers and more on the way all over the US , and being directed by DHLS it is obvious that these will be for the eventual use of family detention. And anyone forwarding seditious threats against the government

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