Immigration detention centers in the U.S. are managed by three agencies: Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
The Washington Post has featured a GAO report highlighting problems faced by pregnant women detained in ICE facilities. It is argued that we cannot allow our compassions for others to overwhelm and replace the primary requirement for homeland security.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a proposal for construction of a new immigrant detention center in Evanston, Wyoming. This would be relatively close to the Salt Lake City Immigration Court. Immigration activists are predictably objecting.
An ABC News report features an advocacy group for doctors, which is campaigning for provision of free influenza vaccinations for migrants detained at the border. The doctors characteristically show no evidence of concern for or awareness of homeland security issues.
Opponents of private immigration detention centers operated on behalf of ICE are ultimately striving to achieve amnesty for illegal immigrants. This is demonstrated by the situation in California, where legislation will likely cause a reduction in total ICE detention capacity.
Airports in Washington State, most prominently including King County International Airport near Seattle, are refusing to service ICE Air flights. For the time being, ICE is using McAllister Field in Yakima to transport detained aliens to and from its detention center near Tacoma.
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has sent sweeping requests for information to private operators of ICE detention facilities. In light of recent developments, it seems that the committee is searching for information that could be useful to them in the future.
On July 30, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, describing how his agency has been overwhelmed by the immigration crisis.
In the opening statement of his testimony before the Homeland Security subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence makes the case for increased funding for ICE law enforcement operations.