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[17 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

A U.S. crackdown on illegal immigration has led to a big spike in deportations and the creation of a de facto airline, known as ICE Air, to send all those people home, reported Miriam Jordan of the the Wall Street Journal.
“Mr. Pitts, a former military pilot, said ICE Air operates much like a commercial carrier, flying passengers to hub cities where they connect to international flights… final destinations are primarily in Latin America, including up to three flights daily to Guatemala City and two to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Mr. Pitts  also …

Enforcement, Prosecution, Raids »

[17 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]
Arpaio raids AZ City Hall

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio made headlines again yesterday, raiding City Hall and the Main Library in Mesa, Arizona for illegal immigrants hired to clean the facilities. The raid further escalated already tense relations between Arpaio and city officials as well as Mesa Police Chief George Gascón. Only thee individuals were arrested at the library for forged identification to gain employment with the cleaning company, reported  the NYT.
Arpaio, known for his hard stance on illegal immigration, is running for reelection this year, running against Democrat Dan Saban. Click to …

Detention, Enforcement, Policy, Raids »

[16 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]
The Gazette: ICE releases raid costs to Rep. Bruce Braley

A formal request made by a congressman is apparently the only way Immigration and Customs Enforcement would release a breakdown of expenses it incurred during the Postville immigration raid, wrote Trish Mehaffey of the The Gazette in Iowa.
The Gazette obtained records of financial expenses through Freedom of Information requests, but ICE only sent a brief one-page summary with the total and no breakdown. The article ran Wednesday with the expenses reported as $5,211,092 as of Aug. 21.

This is a sentiment shared by many journalists reporting on immigration who have …

Detention »

[14 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]
Large turn out for Friends First 10th Annual Columbus Day March & Vigil

Some 200 people turned out for the Friends First 10th Annual Columbus Day March and Vigil. Attendees met on the corner of Dowd and Evans St. and marched to the Elizabeth Detention Center operated by Corrections Corp of America. Speakers and performers included Shai Goldstein, executive director of the NJ Immigration Policy Network, a poetry reading by Pradeep Thap, poet, journalist and a detainee in 2001 and 2002, David Fraccaro, Coordinator Sojourners Visitor Program, and Bill Westerman, IRATE Director & Princeton University Professor. For more visit, http://www.paxsummit.blogspot.com/.
Photos Courtsey of Kathy …

Detention, Enforcement »

[14 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]
CCA eyes federal bed demand, according to CCA Second Quarter 2008 Investor Presentation

Facing constraints on new prison construction from states, CCA eyes the federal bed industry. According to CCA’s second quarter 2008 investor presentation (released Sept. 08), CCA believes that the “demand for bed capacity from the three federal agencies will continue over the next several years:
There continues to be significant focus on immigration and securing our nation’s border.

System-wide, the BOP is operating at 37% (1) over its rated capacity.  The BOP currently projects that between FY 2008 and FY 2011 their population will grow by nearly 15,000 inmates.  The BOP …

Detention, Enforcement, Raids »

[9 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

Tiny Postville, Iowa, is still trying to recover from what was the largest immigration raid in U.S. history. – CNN
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Enforcement, Raids »

[8 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

ICE arrested about 300 workers Tuesday in a raid at the Columbia Farms poultry processing plant in Greenville, South Carolina. The result was part of a 10-month investigation into the plant’s employment practices. According to CNN, about 58 of those arrested were allowed to return home for humanitarian reasons, and in addition, had resulted in criminal charges being filed against 11 supervisors and a human resources manager.
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Detention, Policy »

[5 Oct 2008 | 10 Comments | ]
Farmville, VA detention center to become largest immigration detention facility in the mid-Atlantic region

The Washington Post published an article Sunday, Oct. 5 on the construction of a 1,040 bed, immigrant detention facility in Farmville, Virginia. The $21 million project, led by a group of Richmond investors, is being described as what could be the “mid-Atlantic hub” for ICE operations. According to WaPo, the town ” expects too receive about $322,000 a year in revenue by collecting $1 per detainee per day,” with an “additional $425,000 would stream into Farmville and neighboring Prince Edward County by way of taxes and fees, buttressing Farmville’s annual …

Detention, Policy »

[4 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

House representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced legislation to adopt enforceable humane standards in immigration detention facilities. The bill is called H.R. 7255: To reform immigration detention procedures, and for other purposes, also known as the ‘Immigration Oversight and Fairness Act’.
Here is an excerpt from the bill on detention conditions. Click here to read the entire bill.


(A) The detention facility shall provide to each detainee a copy of its rules governing telephone access and shall post those rules, together with an explanation of how to make …

Detention »

[1 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

The GEO Group announced today the opening of the 1,500-bed Rio Grande Detention Center (the “Center”) in Laredo, Texas. It will manage the $92.0 million company-owned Center, which will house U.S. Marshals detainees, under a 20-year contract, inclusive of three five-year option periods, with the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee (“OFDT”), according to its press release. GEO expects to complete the intake of detainees by the end of the fourth quarter of 2008, hoping to generate approximately $36.0 million in annualized operating revenues, the company also said.
“The 1,500-bed Rio …