CCA Gets $1 Billion To Run Half-Full Detention Center

The Obama administration skipped bidding process to give the Corrections Corporation of America a big contract that pays the company even if its facility is half-full. “What I see is a very expensive incarceration scheme,” says Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Ca.), the top Democrat on the House’s Immigration and Border Security subcommitte.

Lost Boys

Undocumented Youth Caught in Justice System 'Limbo' In the summer of 2012, immigration authorities entered the juvenile hall in Orange County, California and took “Alex,” then a 14-year-old, into federal custody. They allowed him to make one phone call to his mother, Marisa. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents told him he might be sent to a Texas facility, but Alex told Marisa over the phone that he knew little else about where he was headed. She was in disbelief. Her son, whose name has been changed to protect his privacy as a minor, had landed in juvenile hall after bringing a pocket knife to school, but she couldn't understand how Alex ended up in the hands of immigration authorities.

Sanctuaries from Justice

The recent murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco has cast a harsh spotlight on “sanctuary cities,” a term given to communities that shelter illegal immigrants and where local law enforcement agencies are discouraged if not outright forbidden from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The suspect in Steinle's murder, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, is an illegal immigrant who had accumulated seven felony convictions and had been deported from the U.S. five times. He had been released from his most recent prison sentence shortly before he allegedly gunned down Steinle in broad daylight while she was walking with her father on a pier. He was free to roam the streets because San Francisco is one of the cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. In other words, had he been held for deportation this murder would never have happened.