Capacity of Detention Centers Increasing, Management being Outsourced
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Due to the increasing number of illegal immigrants detained around border checkpoints the American government has implemented additional measures. They are working on increasing the capacity of their detention centers where illegal immigrants are temporary held. Before American border officials were constantly dealing with overpopulated detention centers. As a result, they had to release many illegal immigrants before they could put them in front of an immigration judge. This process came to be known as “catch and release.” The detainees received a “notice to appear” before an immigration judge at a later date. However, only a small percent of illegal immigrants complied. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE obtained additional funding to increase the capacity of their detention centers. For example, a new detention center in Texas was built in 2006. It has 2,000 beds available and is managed by a private company called Management and Training Corporation. The only problem was that a few employees were apparently not doing their job. Two employees are suspected of helping aid illegal immigrants. They attempted to smuggle nearly 30 illegal immigrants via a Border Patrol checkpoint. Their van was intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol agents. Since the employees did not have the authority to take detainees across the checkpoint they were taken into federal custody. An investigation is currently ongoing.