Sunday, June 17th, 2018

How One Georgia Town Gambled Its Future on Immigration Detention

"ICE’s reliance on facilities like the Irwin County Detention Center
has put small rural towns at the center of one of today’s most
contentious policy arguments—how to enforce immigration law. A yearlong
investigation by The Nation shows how much politics has come to
rule detention policy. Even as Georgia and Alabama passed harsh new
immigration laws last year designed to keep out undocumented immigrants,
documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that
politicians from both states were lobbying hard to bring immigrant
detainees in. ICE succumbed to the pressure, sending hundreds of
detainees to the financially unstable facility in Georgia that promised
to detain immigrants cheaply. That promise came at the expense of the
health, welfare and rights to due process of some 350 immigrants
detained daily in Ocilla." –