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ICE Is Teaming Up With Private Detention Centers To Detain As Many People As Possible Because Of Money

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A recent study by Detention Watch Network and Center For Constitutional Rights is exposing the practice of “guaranteed minimums” at privatized immigration detention centers in the U.S. Consequently, these guaranteed minimums serve as cost-effective incentives for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain as many people as possible. They’re written into contracts to guarantee that a certain number of beds will be filled at a certain price. Some contracts even guarantee that the more people detained, the less ICE has to pay for bed. This time, it’s all about detaining mothers and children to make a quota. And, of course, ICE is not about to tell anyone the full story.

It seems U.S. detention facilities are entering the world of monetizing the detention of immigrants.

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According to the Banking On Detention study, Congress enacted a “quota” of detained immigrants that, today, stands at 34,000 beds nationwide. Not only is it tearing hundreds of thousands of families apart, it also costs U.S. taxpayers $2 billion annually to maintain the “detention bed quota” ICE is expected to maintain.

Some private detention centers have gone even further with contractual “guaranteed minimums.” Essentially, ICE is having to pay for more than 12,000 beds nationwide to pacify money-hungry private prison companies.

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And, just like the privatization of the prison system, the guaranteed minimums are leading to more and more people being detained in detention centers all over the U.S.

And to hit their guaranteed minimums? ICE has started to detain more mothers and children. The more people in the facilities, the more cost effective the private facilities are.

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That’s right. ICE is offering up children to these private prison companies as guarantees of payment for the beds.

Some of these same privately owned detention centers offer a sliding scale on pricing.

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This means that the more people ICE sends to those detention centers over the minimum, the more ICE gets in savings. Like a f-cking sale. Not even saying you have family and are seeking asylum will keep you from ending up in a detention center.

Of course, that is just what ICE is willing to tell us. When Detention Watch Network first submitted its Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request, ICE responded like:

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Seriously. ICE decided that they did not want to comply with the request for information pertaining to the number of people being detained and the amount of money being spent to hit the guaranteed minimums. FYI, FOIA requests are guaranteed to all citizens by law, so simply avoiding a request is, you know, illegal.

So, the request naturally found its way to a federal court, where the judge ruled the ICE had to release the documents requested for the study.

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When ICE finally handed over the documents, they redacted the thing to hell and back, leaving very little information even visible.

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“Almost all guaranteed minimums are found in facilities that contract with private prison companies, and ICE actively collaborates with these companies to keep details of their contracts secret,” Ghita Schwarz, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, said in a press release. “The public should have a full understanding of how ICE rewards and incentivizes profiteering off the detention of immigrants.”

We’re a long way from understanding the full impact and reach of these guaranteed minimums, even as new detention centers are popping up faster than Walmarts.

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All we really know for sure, at this moment, is that children and their mothers are ICE’s new targets to make sure the “guaranteed minimum” is makes financial sense. Because $$$ apparently trumps humanity.


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The Pros And Cons Of Being A Latino At The Beach

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The Pros And Cons Of Being A Latino At The Beach

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As a Latino, summer is my favorite season of the year. After a cloudy winter and mild spring, summer rejuvenates my zest for life. And where better to enjoy the summer than at the beach? It’s as if my genes were designed specifically to spend my days there. But for everything I love about the beach, there are things I kind of hate, too. Don’t know what I mean? I’ll explain.

LOVE: The sun. The fun. The relaxation.

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Nothing more relaxing than spending a day by the ocean.

HATE: I tan a little too fast.

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I fell asleep on the beach for about an hour and walked away with this exact same tan line.

LOVE: If I don’t wear sunscreen, I still don’t burn!

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All day in the sun and I’m feeling fine!

HATE: I’m going to look like this in 10 years if I’m not careful.

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Anyone know where I can get SPF atomic blast?

LOVE: Sombreros.

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They’re stylish and they keep the sun out of your face!

HATE: This is what people expect when I wear one in public.

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The sombrero really has gotten a lot of bad publicity over the years.

Also, this is not a better alternative to a sombrero!

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Even Rihanna couldn’t make this umbrella hat work.

LOVE: After a few mojitos on the beach, I’m chill AF.

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One more mojito won’t hurt, right?

HATE: This is what “one more” mojito does to me after spending the entire day at the beach.

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If only I burned quickly like my other friends, I’d have left the beach long before getting to this stage!


READ: This Is The Expectation Vs. Reality Of Latinos Who Don’t Speak English Well

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