Ban on private ICE detention centers passes Illinois legislature, advances to Gov. Pritzker

A push to ban privatized immigration detention centers across Illinois is headed for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.

The state senate approved House Bill 2040 this week, advancing the measure that would prohibit any unit of local government from entering into an agreement with a private company to operate a detention facility. The bill passed the Illinois House in April.

The measure was in large part a response to a controversial proposal by private, Virginia-based Immigration Centers of America to construct a detention center in Dwight, Ill., about 80 miles from Chicago, which would house detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees.

Local leaders opened the door for the proposal earlier this year, but the company would have to secure a federal contract before starting construction.


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May 18, 2019 at 01:12PM

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