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ICE is Terminating Contracts with Two Detention Centers

ICE is Terminating Contracts with Two Detention Centers
May 21, 2021

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has ordered ICE to sever contracts with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts and with the Irwin County Detention Center in rural Georgia. This means that immigrants will no longer be detained in these facilities. Both county jails are under federal investigation for complaints of abuses against immigrants.

Silky Shah, executive director of Detention Watch Network called the closings “an important win for the immigrant rights movement.” She said, “Immigrant lives are in jeopardy anytime they are in ICE custody, and we will continue to press the Biden administration to cut detention contracts, release people from ICE custody, and shut down detention centers for good.”

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