Articles Archive for August 2008
Detention, Enforcement, Raids »
Laurel, Miss. replaces Postville, Iowa, as the biggest workplace immigration raid in U.S. history, with nearly 600 people arrested. Of those, about 100 were given tracking bracelets. Nearly 475 detainees are said to have been transferred to an ICE detention facility in Jena, Louisiana. The raid occurred at Howard Industries, the largest employer in Jones County. According to an ICE spokesperson, the raid was the result of a three-year investigation upon being tipped off by a union member. Those arrested included citizens of Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, …
The Brownsville Herald reported “the $111 million Willacy County Detention Center’s inmate count has soared as construction crews completed its 1,000-bed expansion last month.” It also reported that the inmate count climbed to more than 1,950 undocumented immigrants and that on March 23, the detention center’s population reach a monthly high of 1,954. It now has 3,000 beds totals. Known as Tent City, the detention was built in 2006 and is the largest detention center in the US.
Read more here about the return so far for the county.
Detention, Enforcement »
The President released his $22.7 billion budget proposal for the Department of Justice in Fiscal Year 2009. Among the highlights is this funding for the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee (OFDT):
Detainee Housing and Transportation: $37.6 million to accommodate an anticipated increase in the number of detainees housed in non-federal facilities. These resources will be utilized to fund the costs associated with prisoner detention, care and transportation of detainees along the Southwest Border.
Click to read the full press release on the budget request to see other immigration detention related …
In San Diego, the ACLU lawsuit prompted ICE to move some of the detainees to other detention centers. It also prompted CCA to propose constructing a new facility nearby that would hold four times more detainees. Thus, rather than being penalized for overcrowding, the company may even end up winning a new contract.
The nation’s largest private prison company has partnered with the federal government to detain close to
1 million undocumented people in the past 5 years until they are deported. In the process, Corrections Corporation of America has made record profits. Critics suggest the CCA cuts corners on its detention contracts in order to increase its revenue at expense of humane conditions. Thanks to political connections and lobby spending, it dominates the industry of immigrant detention. CCA now has close to 10,000 new beds under development in anticipation of continued …
From the Immigration Policy Center:
The debate on immigration promises to rage on until Election Day and beyond. The need for immigration reform is clear–yet the conversation around it is clouded by the politics of misinformation, anxiety, and fear. The Immigration Policy Center has put together a Candidate Packet and Talking Points to guide the discussion during the election season and bring our country closer to achieving a real, effective, and practical immigration policy.