A few days ago Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that the Department of Homeland Security will undertake a review of its use of private detentions. A brief “hurray” is the initial thought, but the impact is still to be seen. The Secretary’s statement (read here: Sec. J. Johnson’s Press Release) follows the Department of Justice’s similar remarks in early August. Although Secretary Johnson’s statements are vague, it must be agreed that this is the right direction for all those detained while in removal proceedings. Much of this debate has been spurred by the American Immigration Council’s excellent work in obtaining the release of photographs of deplorable prison conditions for immigrants in Texas (see photos here: AIC Detention posts). Let’s hope that all this hard work will result a big change in immigration detention policy soon!
Elyssa Williams, Esq.