Thursday, December 27, 2007

Will So. Cal Detention Turn Over to Private Company?

Anna Gorman reports in the LA Times:

More than two months after the immigration detention center on Terminal Island temporarily closed for preventive maintenance and 408 detainees were transferred to other facilities, immigration officials said they have no date set for its reopening and are still assessing the repairs necessary.

Meanwhile, immigration judges have approved the government's requests to move the vast majority of the 299 pending cases from San Pedro to other courts around the nation. The changes of venue have frustrated many immigrants and their attorneys, who said the transfers have delayed cases and affected their outcomes.

When the San Pedro Processing Center closed Oct. 22, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the repair work -- including to a hot water boiler and a fire-suppression system -- would take at least a month.

ICE said at the time that there were no plans to close the center but that they were considering transferring control to a private company because of the high cost of upkeep. Click here for the full story.


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