Immigration Authorities Reopening Closed New Mexico Detention Center

Immigration Authorities Reopening Closed New Mexico Detention Center

According to a recent Washington Post article, the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico lost its contract with the federal government to house immigrant detainees, shortly after the U.S. Justice Department that it was planning to end its usage of private prisons. With a questionable history of substandard medical care and unexplained deaths, Cibola was exactly the type of private prison that immigration advocates wanted to close. However, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that it will begin moving immigrant detainees into the Cibola facility immediately. ICE operates independently of the Justice Department, and has entered into a new agreement with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to operate the facility. Similarly, ICE recently extended a contract with CCA to continue operating a 2,400-bed facility in Texas, and appears to be considering a contract with a facility in Youngstown, Ohio, as well. ICE reportedly intends to expand its use of for-profit prisons, even while the Justice Department states that these private facilities are less safe and effective than government-run facilities. In fact, an inspector general report found that private facilities have higher annual average rates of assault and eight times as many contraband cellphones confiscated. That report also documented riots and general mayhem at private facilities at much greater rates than at government facilities, primarily consisting of detainees complaining about low-quality food and medical care. Thus far, ICE has continued to enter into private detention facility contracts, despite its announcement that, like the Justice Department, it would begin looking into ending its use of private facilities. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security had created a subcommittee to further study the issue, whose report was due on November 30, 2016. Nonetheless, ICE appears to be moving toward greater usage of private detention facilities, rather than moving away from them. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. is an Oakland immigration law firm who has dedicated all of its resources to protecting the interests of immigrants who are seeking to remain in the U.S. and facing potential deportation. 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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