NDLON v. ICE – Documents Show Projected Growth in Immigration Detention Due to Secure Communities

Jul 16th, 20121 Comment

Pursuant to prior federal court opinions in NDLON v. ICE holding that ICE must disclose information about agency “messaging” and already adopted policies related to Secure Communities, ICE recently released previously withheld information providing insight into the current immigration detention debate.  In an internal email exchange from Phyllis Coven to various ICE officials regarding the agency’s response to a New York Times inquiry, ICE maintained that due to Secure Communities, detention reforms would not lead to a reduction in detention capacity. The email links prospective growth in detention to activation of Secure Communities nationwide by 2013. (Doc. ID 0.798.162573 at pages 1-2.)

In addition, ICE released six undated Statements of Objectives (“SOO”) which serve as requests for proposals for new detention facilities in the following areas: Miami, San Francisco, North Carolina/South Carolina, Kansas City Area, Northeast, Texas. The disclosure of all SOOs is important to understand the true nature of ICE’s so-called civil detention reforms.

Click here to download the documents (zip file)

Recently, after much opposition by local immigrant rights organization, Florida Immigrant Coalition, and the residents of Southwest Ranches, the location of the proposed  ICE detention center, ICE decided not to move forward with building a new detention center in the Miami area. For more information about the campaign: http://ccagoaway.org/2012/06/16/cca-goes-away/

To read an article about the Florida victory: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-ice-project-dead-20120615,0,4816411.story