OCIYU Responds to Department of Homeland Security’s Review of Private Prison Contracts

For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Posting
August 29, 2016

Contact: Hairo Cortes, OCIYU, 657.272.3475,

Orange County, CA – In response to today’s announcement that the Department of Homeland Security is evaluating whether to continue contracting with private prison companies for immigration detention, Faby Jacome, OCIYU’s Deportation Defense Organizer, issued the following statement:

“The continued detention of immigrants is inhumane, and its problems are only compounded when it is done for a profit. It is past time that DHS end its contracts with private prison companies whose existence incentivizes the criminalization of immigrant communities, and move in a direction toward a complete end to the practice of immigrant detention, including in public facilities like the one in Santa Ana where the city has built a business out of detaining Trans, Queer, and other immigrants.”

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