A leading Florida immigrant advocacy group blasted federal immigration authorities Monday for their administration of the Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach, a detention facility for non-criminal immigrants, and claimed that taxpayers are spending millions of dollars per year at the facility for no reason.
The group, Americans for Immigrant Justice, also insisted that immigrant detainees should no longer be housed in privately run, for-profit detention facilities, including those owned by the GEO Group of Boca Raton, which owns the 700-bed Broward center. GEO operates the physical plant and employs the detention staff, while the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) determines who is incarcerated and for how long.
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Immigrant detentions criticized
Americans for Immigrant Justice says federal immigration authorities are spending $164 per inmate per day to house non-criminal, non-violent detainees at a GEO Group facility in Broward, even as Congress discusses legalization of the undocumented. The group calls it a waste of taxpayer money.