Statement by Senator Ricardo Lara Regarding Secretary Jeh C. Johnson's Decision to Review Privatized Immigration Detention

August 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) who is authoring first-in-the-nation legislation to prevent cities and counties from contracting with for-profit immigration detention centers in California, reacted to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson's announcement this morning that the Federal government would review its current practices with regard to these facilities. Senator Lara's bill, Senate Bill 1289 also known as the Dignity Not Detention Act, has cleared several legislative hurdles and is on its way back to the Senate this week. The Senator released the following statement:

“Last week, after hearing the news that the Department of Justice would reduce and ultimately end its use of private prisons, I urged our federal leaders to take the same course of action against for-profit immigration detention centers. Federal, state and local governments should not be complicit in the awful practice of profiting off of human suffering. My Dignity Not Detention Act would prevent cities and counties in California from contracting with for-profit immigration detention facilities. I am encouraged to hear that Secretary Johnson intends to review federal immigration detention operations and practices within Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is my sincere hope that this evaluation translates into action and that we shut down these for-profit immigration detention centers once and for all.”