Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette calls for ending use of private prisons for migrants

Jun 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) today called for an end to the federal government’s use of private prisons to house undocumented migrants.

DeGette, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations - which is leading the investigation into the Trump administration’s family-separation policy - made the comments during an interview on MSNBC earlier today.

“The bottom line is this,” DeGette said, “We shouldn’t have private prisons housing these migrants. We should shut these down.”

DeGette’s comments come in the wake of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report released this week that found migrants being detained at four Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities - including one in Aurora, Colorado, just outside DeGette’s district - were not being properly cared for.

Three of the four facilities included in the inspector general’s report are owned and operated by GEO Group, Inc.

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice, then under President Obama, announced it was going to end the use of private prisons to house undocumented migrants because they are less safe than government-run facilities.

That plan, however, to stop using the for-profit prisons was scrapped by the Trump administration shortly after it took office.

Here’s a link to video of DeGette’s remarks on MSNBC this morning: