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Proposed immigration jail divides Chicago suburb

"A small south suburb has quietly been working with federal officials on a plan to build an immigration lockup of up to 700 beds, placing the semirural town in the middle of a national debate. Some Crete residents, angered by what they call a lack of transparency, have been organizing since...

No Conviction, But No Freedom: ICE Jails Over 13,000 Immigrants

"On a single day this past fall, the United States government held 13,185 people in immigration detention who had not been convicted of a crime, some of whom will not be charged with one, according to information The Huffington Post obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request....

Local Sierra Club opposes South Florida immigration detention center

"The Broward Group of the Sierra Club last week announced its opposition to the federal immigration detention center set to be built in the South Florida town of Southwest Ranches . The group “passed a resolution opposing construction of a 1,500 bed for-profit detention facility...

Riot at Private Immigration Jail in Miss. Leaves 1 Dead, 19 Injured

"A privately-run prison for low-security inmates in Mississippi remained locked down Monday while officials investigated what triggered a riot at the Adams County Correctional Center a day earlier. One guard died, and 16 employees were injured -- as were three inmates -- in the riot that...

Chicago Suburb Rejects Immigration Jail

"After a clash involving national immigration issues jolted the normally sleepy politics of south suburban Crete, village leaders this week unanimously rejected plans for a proposed detention center there. Their vote Monday night, which was met by applause from local activists, spells the end...

CA11 on Cuban Adjustment Act: Silva-Hernandez v. USCIS

"This appeal presents an issue of statutory interpretation arising from the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 (CAA), Pub. L. No. 89-732, 80 Stat. 1161 (reproduced as a historical note to 8 U.S.C. § 1255). Camila Silva-Hernandez contends that the pattern and practice delineated in Section 23.11(m...

Apparent Suicide at Arizona Immigration Jail

"A Guatemalan woman in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) passed away Sunday at the Eloy Detention Center , of an apparent suicide. Elsa Guadalupe-Gonzales, 24, was found unresponsive in her cell Sunday evening by another detainee, who found her hanging. Detention facility...

Private Immigration Jail in Georgia to Close

"A private corrections company announced Monday it will close a federal immigration detention center in Gainesville by the end of this month, citing a dwindling number of detainees." - AJC, Dec. 2 2013 .

CCA Pick for Texas Immigration Jail Draws Ire

"Five years after claims of scathing human rights abuses ended the detention of immigrant families at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, federal officials this week have unveiled plans to build another detention center in South Texas to house parents and children amid the unprecedented number...

Who Profits From Plans to Lock Up More Immigrant Families? Private Prison Companies

"Last week, the federal government announced that it will detain as many as 2,400 women and children on property in Dilley, Texas, that is currently used as a “man camp” for oilfield workers. The new facility will be the largest family detention center in the country, and the third to...

ICE, CCA Funnel Immigration Detention Dollars from Texas to Arizona

"When the immigration detention center in Dilley fills up next year, the city of Eloy, Arizona, population 16,600, stands to make $436,000. Eloy will benefit because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tapped the town as a pass-through to funnel $290 million to a private jail company to operate...

Foursome in Sweetheart Deal: ICE, CCA, Eloy, Dilley

"The largest immigrant detention facility in the country is under construction in the brush country of South Texas, about 85 miles from Mexico. What's unusual is how the government bypassed the normal bidding process, using a small town in Arizona, 931 miles away, as the contractor." -...

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid groups mobilized, Congress held hearings , and pleas...

CCA, GEO Spend Millions Lobbying Congress for Immigration Prison Contracts; Profits Soar

"Contrary to private prison corporation claims that they do not lobby on issues related to immigration policy, between 2008 and 2014, CCA spent $10,560,000 in quarters where they lobbied on issues related to immigrant detention and immigration reform. Of that amount, CCA spent $9,760,000, —...

Private Prison CEOs ‘Pleased’ Their Earnings Soared From Keeping Immigrant Kids In Detention

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, May 10, 2016 - "During separate conference calls to talk about earnings reports, two of the country’s largest for-profit private prisons indicated that they saw their profits soar from holding immigrant mothers and children in detention centers across the country. Revenues...

CA5, 2-1, Orders Removal of CCA Age-Out Client Despite Clear Govt Error: Gutierrez v. Lynch

Gutierrez v. Lynch, July 18, 2016 - "We must therefore decide whether Gutierrez became a lawful permanent resident in 2000, when the INS officer signed the I-89 Form certifying that Gutierrez was eligible for a permanent resident card, or in 2004, when USCIS formally approved his application and...

Inside the Administration's $1 Billion Deal to Detain Central American Asylum Seekers

Chico Harlan & Priscila Mosqueda, Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2016 - "As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous terms to Corrections Corporation of America, the...