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Illinois House of Representatives to Vote on Bill to Block Privately Run Immigration Jails

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In a 7-4 vote, the Executive Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives has advanced Bill SB 1064 to a floor vote.  The Bill seeks to block construction of a privately run immigration detention center located south of Chicago, as well as prohibit private firms from running detention centers in Illinois.


In Illinois, the management of the criminal detention facilities may only be overseen by the government.  Should SB 1064 become law civil detention centers utilized by ICE to lock up undocumented immigrants awaiting deportation would have to be run by the government, and not private contractors.  Something tells me that if this Bill becomes law there will be exponentially fewer immigrants locked up in the great State of Illinois.


The proposed law specifically targets a contract negotiated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) who intends to erect a detention center that would hold 788 ICE detainees.  CCA is the same company that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is backing over her constituents who oppose the building of a detention facility in her district.


I'll keep you posted as soon as I hear more.

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  1. Matthias Gill's Avatar
    This is important for many reasons in Illinois - chiefly on a civil rights and public policy tangent. "For Profit" corporations being contracted to provide services with prisoners are sold to have "private sector efficiency" characteristics. Not the case. They make profits off the public and then leave them hanging w/ the fallout of lawsuits and an under-investment in the governmental infrastructure that they control while their contract is active. At the end of their contracts they walk away from the government having made their profits and left the people's property and duties in a state of disrepair. They are "private sector": they exist to make their money off the party they paid off w/ campaign finance who was subsequently willing to hire them.
  2. Jenny's Avatar
    Everyone must be warned berofe coming to the United States. Even if you have a visa, you are putting yourself at risk of Homeland Security ICE officers. I have a best friend that is from Paris France here on an education visa to finish his degree. He has been here since 2005. His visa is valid until March of 2010, His passport is valid until 2014, and his I-20 is current. He is not illegal. In 2008 He fell in love and married a U.S. citizen that just happens to be addicted to Prescription medications, He knew nothing about this. But he was arrested due to her mistakes. He was placed in detention, scheduled for deportation. He has been in detention center in Pompano Beach Florida for 5 months now. All this because of her mistakes. She should be the one in jail not him. Please everyone coming to America. Think twice. This couple has lost all there savings on lawyers, she lost her job, and they are in the process of losing there home. All this was caused because ICE has the wrong person in jail. They make up any story they want and when they are questioned about it you get nowhere. I have written many letters to Janet Napolitano, Senator Bill Nelson, and even President Obama. But no one will listen to the truth. So please people think twice about coming to America for any reason. Our immigration system is broken .they all agree, but you put your life at risk when you enter our borders. Even if you follow the rules you may also lose everything as this couple has. No one will listen, no one cares.this man has never evan had a traffic ticket. He is 51 yrs old and not a threat to anyone.I sa Shame on America.
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