Multiple States Consider Bills To Shut Down Immigration Detention

Many states will be considering legislation to close immigrant detention centres.

New York, New Mexico, Colorado and Colorado will all be examining bills to ban immigrant detention centers at private expense during the state legislative session 2023.

These bills are almost identical and would force local governments with detention agreements to end them by January 1, 2024. 

Federation for American Immigration Reform This explainsThe legislation will prevent local and state governments from using the law. “entering into detention contracts relating to a privately owned, managed or operated immigration detention facility”Or “Selling property for the purpose of establishing a privately owned, managed or operated immigration detention facility.”

The legislation also prohibits state agencies from taking over local government offices:

…Receiving payment related to detention of illegal aliens in a privately owned, managed or operated immigration detention facility, entering into or renewing contracts to house or detain anyone for federal civil immigration purposes, [or]Any costs incurred in the sale, purchase or construction of an immigration detention center privately managed and operated.

FAIR also notes that most of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detention facilities operate under a contractual agreement and include both local governments and private companies. 

The three bills have progressed the fastest in Colorado. On February 7th, a hearing will be held for House Bill (HB), 1100. FAIR points out that legislation could be vetoed if it passes both chambers. Jared Polis (Democrat), who is often portrayed as a moderate.  

The hearings for the New Mexico and New York bills have not yet been called. Additionally, FAIR contended that New York’s Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul is likely to veto any bill that passes the legislature. FAIR stated that it was unlikely the legislature will have enough votes to reverse a veto.

Open border advocates call for comparable measures in the meantime Pennsylvania

Similar laws were passed by other states in the past, although some have faced legal difficulties. California passed one of the bans, but it was challenged before being declared unconstitutional. Similar laws were passed in Illinois and New Jersey by 2021. The Illinois law was not challenged, but the ban on Illinois was. 

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