Private Prison Corporation Wrote Texas Bill Extending How Long Immigrant Children Can Be Detained

A bill written by a private prison operator to assist their immigration detention business could advance through the Texas state Senate this week, despite vocal protest from civil rights groups. The legislation would allow family detention centers to be classified as childcare facilities, enabling Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain women and children for longer periods.

The bill aligns with the Trump administration’s punitive immigration policies, and helps them navigate a challenge to federal detention policy.

During the migrant influx of 2014, the Obama administration contracted the construction of two giant family detention centers in south Texas — one for each of America’s biggest private prison companies – to hold women and children seeking asylum. CoreCivic runs the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, and the Geo Group manages the Karnes County Residential Center.

However, because of multiple judicial rulings dating back to 1997, no undocumented child can be held for over 20 days in anything but a licensed “non-secure” childcare facility….

Source: Private Prison Corporation Wrote Texas Bill Extending How Long Immigrant Children Can Be Detained

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