SACRAMENTO, CA— In response to Governor Jerry Brown veto of Senate Bill 1289, the Dignity Not Detention Act, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement:
"I am disappointed by the Governor's decision to veto a bill that would have improved conditions at immigration detention facilities and ended the practice of profiting off of human suffering. While I am saddened by today's news, I am proud that our legislation has ignited a national conversation about the for-profit prison industry and the mistreatment that occurs at private immigration detention centers. Since I introduced the Dignity Not Detention Act, President Barack Obama has called for an end to federal contracting with private prisons and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced his intention to review federal immigration detention operations within ICE. This is progress. It is my sincere hope that the Obama Administration will arrive at the same conclusion I have and decide to take meaningful action to shut down these for-profit immigration detention centers once and for all."