Could There be an End to For-Profit Immigration Detention Facilities?

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that it will evaluate whether it should phase out the use of private management of immigration detention facilities. The news follows a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to phase out the use of private prisons.

According to the Texas Tribune, two companies in Texas, the GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America, recently gained notoriety since housing undocumented immigrant women and children. Last year, a federal judge had claimed that nearly 2,000 women and children were being held in “deplorable conditions” at the for-profit immigration detention facilities in Karnes City and Dilley. The judge stated the companies had violated the 1997 Flores v. Meese agreement, which requires undocumented children to be held in places that protect their overall wellbeing.

In June, the immigration detention facility in Karnes City had been issued a temporary child care license, a decision that was later overturned by a Travis County judge. According to the director of Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, if the detention centers had child care licenses, this would allow them to detain children for longer stretches of time and allow the government to separate the children from their mothers.

Private immigration detention centers are located throughout Texas, include one here in Houston. According to the for-profit companies, the facilities offer a safe environment for immigrants and officials have worked the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to make sure safety is their number one goal.

If you have a loved one awaiting trial in a for-profit detention facility and need an immigration bond, we’re here to help. Contact a Houston immigration bondsman at Freedom Federal Bonding Agency now.

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