More Immigrants are Dying in Detention, and the U.S. Wants More Detention Facilities

More Immigrants are Dying in Detention, and the U.S. Wants More Detention Facilities

The Trump Administration is already moving ahead with its plans to drastically expand the number of immigration detention facilities – and the number of beds in the facilities – through its newest contract with the Geo Group, a for-profit, private prison corporation. The $110 million, 1,100 bed facility will be in Conroe, Texas, and Geo Group has a ten-year, renewable contract with ICE to operate the facility. Trump is asking to fund more immigration detention facilities and expansion of existing facilities through his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request of $3.5 billion, with the plan of increasing current bed capacity by 50% above the currently funded number of beds. As the federal government continues its massive deportation movement and detains more and more immigrants, at an average cost of $159 per day per person, detainees are continuing to suffer from poor conditions and treatment. Since 2003, 173 people have died while in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As of June, 2017, the 2017 detainee death rate is heading toward the highest number of deaths in six years. Nine months into FY 2017, which began in October, 2016, there already have been ten deaths, which is the total number of deaths that occurred in FY 2016. These deaths, which occurred at various detention facilities nationwide, are largely attributable to poor or non-existent medical care, and have raised many questions about the medical care provided in these facilities. The federal government has done nothing so far to improve medical care standards or address these issues. As a result, the administration continues to plow forward with expansion and new construction, while detainees in existing facilities continue to suffer. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. is an Oakland immigration law firm who has dedicated their practice to protecting the interests of immigrants who are seeking to remain in the U.S. and facing potential deportation, whether due to a visa overstay or another reason. We are prepared to build the strongest case possible in order to defend you against deportation. Contact us today to set up your legal consultation and discover what assistance we can offer to you and your family.
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