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[23 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

Two new Obama advisors on immigration policy seem likely to focus on immigration policy reform that does not emphasize detention in their proposals and plans:

IMMIGRATION

T. Alexander Aleinikoff has been Dean of the Georgetown University Law Center and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University since July 2004. He has been a member of the Georgetown faculty since 1997. Dean Aleinikoff served as General Counsel and Executive Associate Commissioner for Programs at the Immigration and Naturalization Service for several years during the Clinton Administration. From 1997 to 2004 …

Detention, Policy »

[23 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

The South Florida Sun-Sentinal reports on the Vera Institute‘s latest collaboration with immigration enforcement officials:
It saves time and millions of taxpayer dollars, and it has just arrived in South Florida
Immigration court’s Legal Orientation Program, which kicked off last month at Miami’s Krome Detention Center, shaves an average of 13 days off the time it takes to process cases. That means immigrants get a quicker decision on whether they’re getting deported or set free. And that translates into millions in savings on detention costs and a more efficient immigration court system.
For …

Detention, Enforcement »

[17 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Nashville-based detention company, Corrections Corp. of America came in at 47th on the listing of companies for military entering into the civilian sector, by G.I. Jobs magazine in its “Top 50 Military-Friendly Employers.”
Security service company Wackenhut came in at the 44th position.
“Employers are facing a drastically reduced talent supply caused by millions of baby boomers retiring annually,” said Susan F. Davis, executive vice president – human resources for Johnson Controls, which ranked #1 on the G.I. Jobs list. “The demand for talent will be higher than any of us …

Detention, Enforcement »

[17 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

The nation’s leader in privatized detention, Corrections Corp. of America announced Friday that it planned to buy back up to $150 million in stock. This is no surprise given the economy’s downturn and one of its investors Lehman Brothers filing for bankruptcy. Companies repurchase stocks to boost their earnings when their stocks may be losing value.
At Friday’s closing price of $12.84, that sum would buy about $1.2 million shares, or roughly 1 percent of the company’s 125.7 million shares outstanding as of Nov. 1, reported the Associated Press.
CCA announced recently …

Detention, Enforcement, Policy, Prosecution »

[13 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

A coalition of immigration law organizations filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, under the Freedom of Information Act, to gain access to agency records about the stipulated removal program, which they say has deported over 96,000 non-citizens since its inception that may go as far back as 12 years ago.
“Stipulated removal allows the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to remove a non-citizen, even one …

Detention, Enforcement, Policy, Prosecution »

[10 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Nov./Dec. 2008 edition of NACLA Report on the Americas features a report by Renee Feltz examining how immigration officials have teamed up with the Department of Justice, federal judges, and the nation’s largest private prison company to merge immigration and criminal policy. Many undocumented immigrants now face jail time pending their immigration hearing in civil court. The resulting surge in prosecutions is staggering: About 60,000 immigrants will face charges in fiscal year 2008. See PDF of story here: nacla_feltz
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Detention, Enforcement »

[9 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]
Immigration-related talk from transcript of CCA’s Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Corrections Corp. of America Q3 2008 Earnings Call Transcript. Transcript provided by Seeking Alpha.
John D. Ferguson – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer:
“One business note, in the third quarter we’ve had a long-term contract with the Marshal Service at our Central Arizona facility in Florence, Arizona that actually expired in May that had a solicitation for those beds. We were identified as the organization for them to negotiate and in September we signed a new 20-year contract for the continuation of that relationship, not only does it includes the …