Several Blue States are Moving Forward to Halt Immigration Detention
In January of 2023, legislation to prohibit private immigration detention facilities were introduced in states such as Colorado, New Mexico, and New York. Similar to a prohibition passed in Illinois in 2021, which banned local governments from contracting with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), these bans are concentrated on banning local governments from contracting with ICE as opposed to private contractors.That said, as the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s State & Local Legislative Manager David Jaroslav observed, “these bans were also designed to make it difficult for private contractors as well.”
These legislative efforts have been a part of Open Borders Inc’s strategy to lobby state governments to prohibit contractors or local governments from entering contracts with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain illegal aliens while undergoing the deportation process. The bulk of ICE’s detention facilities operate under the frameworks of contractual arrangements, which involves both private companies and local governments.
Jaroslav noted what these detention bills would bar state agencies and local governments from doing:
- Entering into detention contracts relating to a privately owned, managed or operated immigration detention facility;
- Selling property for the purpose of establishing a privately owned, managed or operated immigration detention facility;
- Paying any costs related to sale, purchase, construction, development, ownership, management, or operation of a privately owned, managed or operated immigration detention facility;
- Receiving payment related to detention of illegal aliens in a privately owned, managed or operated immigration detention facility; or
- Giving financial incentives or benefits to a private entity in connection with the sale, purchase, construction, development, ownership, or management of a privately owned, managed or operated immigration detention facility; or
- Entering into or renewing contracts to house or detain anyone for federal civil immigration purposes.
In addition, these bills would mandate local governments with existing detention contracts to end their contracts by January 1, 2024.
Such legislative acts may seem crazy, but they’re part of the cultural Left’s strategy to “Elect a New” people. They start with passing bills in the low-hanging fruit states such as California, Illinois, and New York to then proceed to pushing these measures in lighter blue and swing states.
Immigration patriotism is a transpartisan phenomenon. So it stands to reason that all of these people must remain vigilant and keep tabs on what’s going on in their state legislatures. In creating more sanctuary states, the Left will make illegal immigration more prolific, which will inevitably spill over into red states.
This is one fight that immigration patriots cannot be caught sleeping at the wheel in.