Reveal: Budget deal bans new immigrant detention center contracts in California

June 16, 2017

By Patrick Michels

California lawmakers banned local governments from signing new contracts for holding federal immigration detainees and funded a state inspection program for immigrant detention centers, as part of a budget deal approved Thursday.

Advocates said they make California the first state to limit new contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or to mount an independent inspection program for ICE facilities.

“We are going completely in the opposite direction of where Congress and President Trump is heading,” state Sen. Ricardo Lara said Friday at a press conference in the San Francisco LGBT Center.

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