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DHS Review of Privatized Immigration Detention

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Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson on Establishing a Review Of Privatized Immigration Detention

Release Date:
August 29, 2016

For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

On August 18, the Department of Justice announced that the Bureau of Prisons will reduce and ultimately end its use of private prisons. On Friday, I directed our Homeland Security Advisory Council, chaired by Judge William Webster, to evaluate whether the immigration detention operations conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement should move in the same direction. Specifically, I have asked that Judge Webster establish a Subcommittee of the Council to review our current policy and practices concerning the use of private immigration detention and evaluate whether this practice should be eliminated. I asked that the Subcommittee consider all factors concerning ICE’s detention policy and practice, including fiscal considerations.

A subcommittee of the HSAC will undertake this review, and the full HSAC will provide to me and the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement its written report of its evaluation no later than November 30, 2016.

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  1. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    On the one hand, it seems egregiously inadequate to conduct such a study and prepare a written report in three months. On the other hand, I wonder why the study is necessary. Is Sec. Johnson unaware of the complaints that have been raised about the way immigrants are treated in private detention facilities? Is he hearing about this issue now for the first time?

    Also, note that this task force has to consider all factors, including fiscal considerations. I wonder what will happen if the recommendation is to shut down the private facilities and there is no funding available to house the immigrants in government run facilities. Frankly, I am not optimistic about where this is going.
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