Immigrant detention center expanding in Southern California

July 9, 2014

immigrationU.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) is adding beds to the largest immigrant detention center in Southern California. [LA Times]

The detention center in the high desert town of Adelanto, 40 miles north of San Bernardino, currently has the capacity to house 1,300 men. A construction project is underway that will add 650 beds, including a women’s housing unit.

ICE officials say that an increasing number of immigration arrests are occurring in the Los Angeles area. ICE tries to house the detainees near the areas of their arrests.

A Florida based company called the GEO Group runs the detention facility in Adelanto. GEO contracts with the city of Adelanto, which has an agreement with ICE to house the detainees.

Adelanto, which has an 18 percent unemployment rate and a $2.6 million budget deficit, earns 75 cents per day from GEO for every detention bed filled. City officials support the expansion of the facility because it would boost the city’s struggling economy.

“It takes an existing facility, expands it, and creates more jobs,” City Manager Jim Hart said. “That’s a financial benefit for the city.”

Adelanto is also home to a San Bernardino County jail and a state prison.

Immigrant advocacy groups oppose the detention center expansion. They say detainees receive poor quality food, inadequate health care and not enough time to work on their cases.

“Resources should go to help the children seeking asylum, not to grow private prisons,” said Luis Nolasco of the Justice for Immigrants coalition.


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Old Salt

The Obama wants 4 BILLION Tax Dollars just for starters…


shelworth

I don’t think 100,000 one way plane tickets cost that much.


Mr. Holly

We should start an organization called adopt an illegal immigrant. Then we should be able to declare them as a dependent and at least recoup some of our cost with a tax deduction.


Mr. Holly

I would like to see these illegal immigrants transported to Washington DC and Chicago. I don’t think that it would take too long to resolve the problem if that would happen.


Rambunctious

Why are we not sending these children home to their parents? Why is my government kidnapping these children? Reunite them with their family. I heard today that many of the very young kids are screaming for their mothers. What are we doing?


shelworth

Anybody know where I can get an Ebola Vaccine?


Slowerfaster

Classy….veiled threat for biological terrorism.


shelworth

and you think that is completely out of the question, right?


Slowerfaster

Not being accusatory here, but I question who you think would use ebola or other deadly biological agents as a weapon.


Mikayla

PLEASE look up the word Vaccine! Never mind, I’ll do it for you. From Dictionary.com


vac·cine [vak-seen or, esp. British, vak-seen, -sin]


noun


1. any preparation used as a preventive inoculation to confer immunity against a specific disease, usually employing an innocuous form of the disease agent, as killed or weakened bacteria or viruses, to stimulate antibody production.


2.


the virus of cowpox, used in vaccination, obtained from pox vesicles of a cow or person.


3.


a software program that helps to protect against computer viruses, as by detecting them and warning the user.


shelworth

Let’s see, how many groups in the world hate us? I don’t think I can type for that long. let’s just say more than we could count.


SLOBIRD

Actually, it is a TB issue you should be concerned with. It is a seriously severe problem with these illegals not too mention lice, measles, sexual transmitted diseases, whooping cough, flu, etc…


Jorge Estrada

If all of our detention centers were constructed and staffed in Honduras, we could afford this and possibly expand into greater savings. Sometimes you’ve got to think outside of the Boarder.


zaphod

Henry Kissinger said make the economy scream. you can still hear the echos


isoslo

So why do the politicians refuse to close our southern border?


zaphod

geometry


Mr. Holly

Because there is money to be made and eventually they will become voters and in return vote for the politicians that have supported there illegal activities.


SLOBIRD

Have no mistake, the latino coalition along with the Democratic Party in this country is fighting for open borders. The democrats had a big conference with the latino powers in this Country last month and Obama promised his support.


This is not happening by mistake, the demorats know exactly what they are doing.


achillesheal

Government logic at work when I can’t bring a piece of fruit from Nevada to California, but tens of thousands of illegals with lice, tuberculosis, foot and mouth disease, and whatever else can be dumped all over the country.


tomsquawk

Big business smelt here. “There’s plenty good money to be made

by supplying the Army with the tools of the trade”. Country Joe. Kick up the subsidies.

The GEO Group (GEO). Stock is up today, I’m buying in.