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[13 May 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Napolitano speaks to Appropriations Committee on DHS priorities

The Secure Communities program, targeting criminal aliens and E-Verify are just three of the Department of Homeland Security’s priorities, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke about in a hearing in front of the House Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security Tuesday.
One key thing to note is that when asked about alternatives to detention, Napolitano expressed that alternatives were as expensive as detention, which could suggest that the current demand for detention beds will continue.
From Napolitano’s written testimony:
E-Verify: Total funding of $112 million and 80 new positions are requested to support improvements to …

Detention, Policy »

[6 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

ICE is looking for a private contractor to carry out inspections at 175 of its immigrant detention centers.
The successful contractor will provide Compliance Inspection Teams (CIT) for annual and pre-occupancy inspections at detention facilities. Each CIT assessment shall assess the detention facility status for compliance with all applicable ICE Detention Standards and provide an inspection report on ICE designated forms.
This is the latest round of annual inspections outsourced by the agency. The first round of semi-annual reports was released in May 2008. In a June 2008 report, ICE’s Office …

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[12 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

Among its 2008 accomplishments, DHS reported that:

Increased Border Law Enforcement Officers and Fencing: CBP increased the size of its work force last year from 46,473 to 51,533 by adding officers, agents and agriculture specialists. CBP has doubled the size of the Border Patrol from approximately 9,000 in 2001 to more than 18,000 as of Nov. 21, 2008. CBP has constructed more than 520 miles of vehicle and pedestrian fencing, including approximately 93 miles in Fiscal Year 2008 (FY 08), building toward a total of roughly 670 miles of fencing along …

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[18 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

The contract to detain Immigrant families at a controversial detention center in Texas is up for renewal and opponents say the economic crisis is reason to let the agreement drop. They also cite the possibility that President-elect Obama will follow-up on his campaign promise to adjust immigration enforcement policy, and even move the Department of Homeland Security to the Commerce Department.
12/18/2008   Press Release:  T Don Hutto Contract Risky Business

Opponents to the T Don Hutto prison for non-criminal immigrant families and children located in Taylor, Texas, have consistently protested its basic inhumane conception …

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[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 …