Federal Government Proposes to Close Private Detention Centers for Migrants

Federal Government Proposes to Close Private Detention Centers for Migrants

Some federal immigrant officials have voiced concerns about the government’s recent policy shift toward ending the privatization of federal prisons. In accordance with its newly announced policy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also stated that it would consider similar changes for private detention centers that house immigrants across the United States. This policy shift is likely to disproportionately affect migrant detention centers as opposed to private prisons designed for convicted criminals; private facilities house only 16% of federal prisoners, while private detention centers house 73% of detained immigrants. The intended goal of these closures is to provide better security and care for detainees, which tends to occur in government-run facilities, rather than private facilities. Proposed closures of migrant detention centers, advocates claim, could result in a greater inability to enforce existing immigration laws, overcrowding of remaining detention facilities, and an impaired ability to protect the U.S. border. Another government official cited concerns about the additional cost of the federal government operating detention centers themselves, as opposed to private contractors. On the other hand, immigrant advocates applauded the move, hoping to eliminate what they characterize as inhumane housing conditions for immigrants who lack any access to legal help. Currently, there are over 180 migrant detention centers in the U.S., which collectively house up to 33,000 individuals per day. Almost 75% of these detention centers are operated by or in an agreement with private contractors. As a result of the government announcements in this respect, stock for the two private companies that would be disproportionately affected by the closure of these private facilities fell precipitously. Currently, Corrections Corporation of America and Geo Group Inc. hold the largest share of the for-profit prison market. The California immigration attorneys at Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., are dedicated to defending those who are facing removal from the United States, whether currently detained or not. Since we focus our efforts solely on deportation defense law, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to efficiently and effectively evaluate the facts of your situation, present your various options, and build a strong defense on your behalf. Schedule a consultation with your California deportation defense attorneys and learn how we can assist you with your case.
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