Sunday, May 18, 2008

ICE plans 3 new detention centers

Anna Gorman of the Los Angeles Times reports that ICE has solicited bids for three more family detention centers, to house 600 men, women, and children:

"Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a call for proposals last month and set June 16 as the deadline. New facilities are being considered on both coasts and on the Southwestern border. The agency calls for minimum-security residential facilities that would provide a 'least restrictive, nonsecure setting' and provide schooling for children, recreational activities and access to religious services."

Ahilan Arulanantham, a staff attorney at the South California ACLU was quick to denounce ICE's plans, and recommended that families be allowed to post bond, wear electronic monitors or be part of intensive supervision programs.

For more information read ICE's bid.