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Feds reviewing use of private immigration facilities

Wed, Aug 31, 2016


TUCSON— Federal immigration officials are considering phasing out the use of private contractors at its detention facilities like one in Eloy amid pressure from immigrant advocates to end the practice.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday that he’s asked an advisory council to review whether U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which falls under the DHS umbrella, should keep immigration detention facilities under private operators. He said the decision came after the Department of Justice announced on Aug. 18 that it was phasing out the use of some private prisons, citing an audit that found that private facilities have more safety and security problems than government-run ones.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Immigration, Private Prisons, Department of Homeland Security

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