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[30 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]

A $21 million, privately-run immigration detention facility in Farmville, VA, considered to be largest immigration detention center on the mid-Atlantic coast, opened its doors last month. The facility will house some 584 detainees in its first phase and might eventually grow to hold 1,000. Many of those in the facility will be level 1 offenders caught through the Secure Communities, which relies on police in local jails to enter arrest data into a joint FBI and Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) database. The facility operators Immigration Company of America (ICA-Farmville) …

Detention, Enforcement »

[30 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

We’re currently on hiatus at Business of Detention, but we’re excited to announce our new project Deportation Nation. DeportationNation.org is the home of an independent investigative reporting project that critically examines the increase in detention of innocent and low-level immigrant offenders as a result of enforcement programs mandated to target “dangerous criminal aliens.”

Detention, Enforcement, Featured »

[2 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
B of D Reporters published in The American Prospect

Business of Detention Reporters Renee Feltz and Stokely Baksh were published on The American Prospect site. In their article “Detention Retention,” they examine what enforcement and detention prospects will look like under the Obama administration.
President Obama has tried to split the difference between comprehensive immigration-reform advocates and law-and-order types. But for immigrants in detention, not much has changed since the Bush era…
Click here to read more.

Detention, Enforcement, Policy »

[11 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

Corrections Corporation of America‘s share prices sunk Tuesday after it announced lower earnings than expected in its annual report, but executives said they are “bullish” about the leading private prison provider’s long term future. Even as states cut their corrections budgets, immigrant detainees will provide CCA a steady source of income.
“The detainee growth will come from lots of sources,” CCA CEO John Ferguson told analysts during a telephone conference call. “So there is no reason to believe that these populations won’t just creep up over time.”
The current budget for Immigration …

Detention, Enforcement, Policy »

[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 …

Enforcement »

[16 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

From ICE:
PHILADELPHIA – Today, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) launched the Secure Communities program in Bucks and Montgomery counties to better identify and remove criminal aliens from these communities. This program, administered by DHS’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), will now check the immigration history of every individual booked into detention facilities in the two counties. Additionally, ICE will be automatically notified when non U.S. citizens are in custody to determine if follow-up action is necessary.
“Secure Communities will create a constant ICE presence at every local …

Enforcement, Policy, Prosecution »

[14 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

LA Times reporter Evelyn Larrubia reported that immigrant detainees and those arrested for federal crimes will have DNA samples taken beginning January 9. Samples could be taken at the time of arrest before a conviction is made, much like a fingerprint to determine identification.
The new rules came from the Justice Department this week and is part of a 2005 law, authored by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).
According to the Times:
The law authorizes the department to include pre-conviction DNA samples in its national database, said the change would help prevent …

Enforcement, Policy »

[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:


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 …

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, Enforcement, Raids »

[28 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
Largest workplace raid… again

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, …