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October 08, 2009

U.S. To “Jail” Illegal Aliens In Hotels, Nursing Homes

U.S. To “Jail” Illegal Aliens In Hotels, Nursing Homes

Judicial Watch

In an effort to avoid incarcerating illegal immigrants and assure their humane treatment, the Department Homeland Security is creating an innovative system that detains those awaiting deportation based on flight risk and danger.

Illegal aliens determined to pose no true threat to the U.S. will be housed by the government in facilities like hotels and nursing homes rather than jails, according to a news report outlining the Obama Administration’s immigration detention overhaul. Other private facilities are also being considered and Homeland Security officials are asking the private sector for more ideas.

Nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants are currently incarcerated in local, state and federal prisons throughout the nation at a cost of about $2 billion. But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, with a documented history of opposing immigration enforcement, vowed months ago to devise a plan that offers alternatives to traditional detention of a population she claims poses no threat to the country.

This week the former Arizona governor announced that she has kept her promise to immigration advocates who have long complained about the inhumane conditions in jails across the nation. Among the problems, they say, is the poor quality of medical treatment and illegal aliens’ inability to access basic services, such as telephones and attorneys.

That will all improve by next fall, Napolitano says, because her agency will have a new system that ranks illegal aliens by flight risk and public danger. Immigrants will be detained based on those assessments, with a large number expected to be housed in less restrictive residential facilities, despite the obvious national security risks created by granting such violators virtual freedom.

The official who heads Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Homeland Security agency in charge of incarcerating illegal immigrants, says this will meet his goal of transforming the current operation into a “truly civil detention system” focused on safely and humanely holding people.

Secretary Napolitano and ICE Assistant Secretary Morton Announce New Immigration Detention Reform Initiatives share this page

DHS Homeland Security

Release Date: October 6, 2009

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Fact Sheet: ICE Detention Reform: Principles and Next Steps (PDF, 3 pages - 65 KB)
Immigration Detention Overview and Recommendations

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton today announced new initiatives as part of the Department’s ongoing immigration detention reform efforts—enhancing the security and efficiency of ICE’s nationwide detention system while prioritizing the health and safety of detainees.

“These new initiatives will improve accountability and safety in our detention facilities as we continue to engage in smart and effective enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws,” said Secretary Napolitano.
“These new reforms will establish consistent standards across the country, prioritizing risk, strengthening oversight and increasing efficiency in our immigration detention system,” Assistant Secretary John Morton said.

The reform efforts address the seven major components of the detention system outlined in a comprehensive review conducted by Dora Schriro, the former ICE Office of Detention Policy and Planning Director, over the past several months, focusing on greater federal oversight, specific attention to detainee care, and uniformity at detention facilities.

Each of the reforms announced today are expected to be budget neutral or result in cost savings through reduced reliance on contractors to perform key federal duties and additional oversight of all contracts.

Secretary Napolitano and Assistant Secretary Morton also announced that Phyllis Coven will serve as Acting Director of the Office of Detention Policy and Planning while a nationwide search for a permanent director is underway. Coven, who has 17 years of experience in the federal government and international community, comes to ICE from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Throughout her career, Coven has chaired numerous detention initiatives at the Department of Justice and the former Immigration and Naturalization Service.

To better manage all detainee populations, ICE will centralize all contracts under ICE headquarters’ supervision. Currently, the majority of more than 300 active contracts are negotiated and managed by disparate ICE field offices. ICE will also aggressively monitor and enforce contract performance in order to ensure contractors comply with terms and conditions—especially those related to conditions of confinement.

To advance the effective use of alternatives to detention (ATD), ICE will develop an assessment tool to identify aliens suitable for ATD and will submit a plan to Congress this fall to implement an ATD program nationwide. ICE will continue to work with the Department of Justice to expedite the adjudication of ATD cases to reduce costs.

To better manage detention operations, ICE will develop a risk assessment and custody classification, which will enable detainees to be placed in an appropriate facility. ICE will pursue detention strategies based on assessed risk and reduce costs by exploring the use of converted hotels, nursing homes and other residential facilities.

To better manage special populations and improve program management, ICE will house non-criminal, non-violent populations, such as newly arriving asylum seekers, at facilities commensurate with risk and expand programs available including legal support services.

To enhance detainee medical care, ICE will devise and implement a medical classification system that will improve awareness of an individual detainee’s medical and mental health conditions from the time the individual first enters detention.

To ensure accountability and reduce reliance on contractors, ICE will more than double the number of federal personnel providing onsite oversight at the facilities where the majority of detainees are housed. ICE will also accelerate efforts to provide an online search system for attorneys, family members and others to locate detained aliens.

Illinois Nursing Homes Mix Felons, Seniors

Chicago Tribune

An elderly woman is raped in her room, and police arrest a 21-year-old ex-convict with acute psychiatric problems. When the victim is interviewed by investigators five days later, she shakes with fear.

A frail man blind in one eye is slashed in the throat by a gang member, police say. About a year earlier, the same assailant allegedly had stabbed him in the face with an ice pick.

A man in a wheelchair dies of head injuries so severe that his doctor says it looked like he was hit with a baseball bat. One of the suspects is a 24-year-old mentally ill woman with a history of drug use and prostitution.

More than any other state, Illinois relies heavily on nursing homes to house mentally ill patients, including those who have committed crimes. But a Tribune investigation found that government, law enforcement and the industry have failed to adequately manage the resulting influx of younger residents who shuttle into nursing facilities from jail cells, shelters and psychiatric wards.

Mentally ill patients now constitute more than 15 percent of the state's total nursing home population of 92,225, government records show, and the number of residents convicted of serious felonies has increased to 3,000. Among them are 82 convicted murderers, 179 sex offenders and 185 armed robbers.

Yet the state's background checks on new residents are riddled with errors and omissions that understate their criminal records, the Tribune found, and homes with the most felons are among those with the lowest nursing staff levels.

Meanwhile, state authorities don't track assaults and other crimes in nursing homes, making it difficult to uncover patterns and address the problems caused by unstable individuals.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Why not just make them 5 star hotels Janet?

Un-fricken-leivable Spy on everyone like some dystopian movie, screw with us in the airports, but leave the borders open, coddle illegals, and refuse to profile.

Democrats love illegals so why can’t they just keep them in their homes? We already have one in the White House!

I guess with the nursing homes since they are planning to kill off the elderly with HusseinCare, that space will be open.

Posted by Wild Thing at October 8, 2009 06:50 AM


She's becoming the gift that just keeps on giving!
Can't we send them to Iran prisons? Then maybe they would really know what inhumane treatment was.

Janet goes first.

Posted by: yankeemom at October 8, 2009 09:00 AM

400,000 Illegals locked up for a year at 2 Billion per year, cost us about $13.70 per day. That's not bad.

Now a Nursing home cost between 150 to 200 per day and a cheap hotel, but you know that will never happen. So the hotel bill about 80-120 dollars per day, yeah this is a real savings.

So if the decided to go with the cheap hotel or motel, that would increase the total bill to...3.2 Billion dollars. This does not include, Meals, Guards, clothing. So for 400,000 prisoners it will be probably twice what we are paying now. These lowlifes have no problem spending someone elses money.

This nitwits can't figure anything out.

She talks about the complaints from the illegals about jails being so bad, what about the white prisnors are there conditions any better ? No the democrats are trying to curry favor with the Illegals for votes.

Posted by: Mark at October 8, 2009 09:05 AM

I want that worthless bitch and here illegal beaner friends in Joe Arpaio's Tent Jail.

Posted by: Glenn M. Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Retired at October 8, 2009 09:11 AM

Those poor men in the photo. They obviously need Obamacare. See. One is showing he has some kind of prostate disease, and the other has lost most of his fingers in some kind of terrible accident. Border security is an unfunny joke.

Posted by: PeteSuj at October 8, 2009 09:22 AM

If the confinement is too comfortable the illegals will certainly come back after they are deported. Honestly, this obama administration comes up with some of the most far fetched ideas. I guess folks in nursing homes better get concealed carry licenses.

Posted by: TomR at October 8, 2009 01:09 PM

Glenn, Oh he lost all his fingers except one ??? , silly me, I thought that was the number of human parents he has or maybe his I.Q..

Posted by: Mark at October 8, 2009 01:56 PM

Don’t forget to put a mint on their pillow there, Big Sis… wouldn’t want to make anyone feel unwelcome.

BTW- Sheriff Joe Arpaio for president… stop the insanity!

Posted by: Reaganite Republican at October 9, 2009 10:10 AM