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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 12:32 PM
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Feds to begin immigration detention makeover
Feds to begin immigration detention makeover

By SUZANNE GAMBOA
Associated Press Writer


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Immigration officials are immediately ending the housing of families at a former prison in central Texas as a first step in transforming immigration detentions from a criminal to a civil system.

The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, says some families will go to Berks Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania. But he also says decisions about what to do with families will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Morton told reporters Thursday that redesigning immigration detention will take several years but the result will be more accountable and uniform. He says the agency will continue to detain people and do so on a large scale.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department intends to put federal employees in charge of monitoring the treatment of detainees in the country's largest immigration detention facilities, two years after the government turned that job over to a private company.

The Obama administration plans to place 23 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials at the largest detention facilities to supervise how the detention centers are managed, according to people briefed on the plan. Private contractors have been used since 2007, when they were hired to ensure impartial inspections. Before that, federal employees did the job.

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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 12:34 PM
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1. Let me be the first to K&R.
Edited on Thu Aug-06-09 12:34 PM by intheflow
For the humane treatment of people just seeking a better quality of life by coming to this country.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 12:39 PM
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2. That is such good news.
However, I hope that those who caused the deaths and suffering of so many people under the Bush administration's cruel system, are brought to justice and that we don't just 'move on' or 'look to the future'. At least 80 families are without their loved ones and for no other reason than just pure cruelty, stupidity and neglect. It has been one more stain on America and I hope it is true that it is coming to an end.
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