USA Today recently published a report about the Trump administration’s planned increases in federal immigration jails across the nation. The increases are necessary to house the thousands in additional immigrants that Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agents. ICE allegedly is scoping out privately-run incarceration sites in Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul, Salt Lake City, and southern Texas. The Trump administration recently asked for an additional $1.2 billion in the 2018 in order to have the capacity to detain 48,000 immigrants per day. In fact, the federal government already has signed a $457 million to Geo Group, a for-profit private prison contractor, to build a new 1,000-bed facility outside of Houston. From January to September of 2017, there has been an estimated 43% increase in the number of immigrants detained by ICE during the same time period in 2016. The detained immigrants also constitute a 179% increase in the detention of immigrants with no criminal histories. ICE currently detains between 31,000 and 41,000 immigrants each day in a combination of private detention centers, federal prisons, and local jails. Interestingly enough, four of the sites chosen by ICE for potential expansion are sanctuary cities who vowed to limit cooperation with federal immigration agents. At least one advocate of Trump’s immigration enforcement plan has stated that since local jails in those cities won’t house detained immigrants, then ICE will need to have separate facilities in order to do so. Meanwhile, Trump has repeatedly threatened to withhold federal funding for sanctuary cities, who have fought back in court against those threats. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. continue to handle deportation defense claims on behalf of the steadily increasing number of individuals who have been detained at immigrant detention centers and charged with removal. We know how devastating it can be for individuals to face the potential of being forced to return to a country where they previously were persecuted, where they no longer have family or a home, or where they will experience significant violence and unrest. We care about you and your family, and we want to help you remain in the country. Call our office today to set up your legal consultation.