Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 16, 2018 LANSING — A $35-million privately operated federal immigration detention center is being proposed for a former state prison site in Ionia, officials confirmed to the Free Press on Monday. Immigration Centers of America, which operates a similar civil detention facility in Virginia, was the sole bidder for the former Deerfield Correctional Facility, a state prison in Ionia that closed in 2009. The state has not yet signed off on the sale after the request for bids by the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority, said Dennis Muchmore, the former chief of staff to Gov. Rick Snyder who is now a lobbyist working for the detention center company. Among other necessary steps, the federal government still needs to issue a request for proposals for a facility to hold about 500 to 600 immigration detainees, Muchmore said. Because it would involve only civil detention, the 166,000-square-foot facility would … [Read more...] about $35M immigration detention center proposed for Ionia
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The sermon had been preached, the last prayers offered. Now, Mike Yoder decided, the time had come to share unsettling news. As congregants at Silverwood Mennonite Church chatted around a potluck spread, Yoder, a Republican county commissioner, huddled with Pastor Jeremy Shue. There was a good chance, Yoder confided, that a 1,200-bed immigration detention center would soon rise north of Goshen, Indiana. "One of the only positives is that it would be less of a drive to protest," Shue said. Yoder had paid attention when Elkhart County voters backed Donald Trump for president after a campaign lambasting immigrants. He knew, too, that the county seat and the largest employers had made a place for thousands of immigrants, a number in the U.S. illegally. Undocumented immigrants like Letty Stegall often were allowed to stay in the latter part of Obama's presidency if they had regular check-ins with ICE, paid processing fees, were fingerprinted and stayed out of trouble. An executive order … [Read more...] about How One Indiana County Debated Hosting an ICE Detention Center: ‘It’s for People Like Me’
Home Daily News Proposed regulatory changes imperil protections… Environmental Law By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted July 20, 2018, 7:00 am CDT A mating pair of critically endangered California condors with radio transmitters sits on a rock ledge in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Eric Dale / Shutterstock.com The Trump administration says proposed changes in regulations implementing the Endangered Species Act would reduce the regulatory burden on the American people while producing the best conservation results for the species. Business groups and representatives of Western states have long supported changes to curtail the Endangered Species Act. They have contended the law has produced lawsuits and controlled the use of land, according to the New York Times. But environmentalists complain that the changes unveiled Thursday will weaken protections for endangered animals and plants. The Center for Biological Diversity calls the proposals a rollback that aims a “wrecking … [Read more...] about Proposed regulatory changes imperil protections in Endangered Species Act, environmentalists say
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print A legal and political showdown is intensifying over a proposed rule change to block federal grant funding to health centers that perform abortions or make referrals for abortions, one Planned Parenthood supporters say will cripple women’s health and physicians’ freedom if successful. Lucas County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution this week opposing the proposal. Rob Salem, a Toledo attorney and board member of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, introduced the resolution, saying the measure “essentially imposes a gag rule on health care providers” by preventing them from counseling patients about where to obtain a legal abortion. “It is unbelievable to me that there would be a proposed rule that would prohibit doctors from counseling women,” said Commissioner Carol Contrada, calling it an attack on poor people who “don’t have other options to receive … [Read more...] about Battle brewing over Trump proposal to separate abortion from Title X funding
Some concede reform neededSome Republicans concede that reforms are in order, and many Democrats prefer improving ICE to scrapping it -- especially given the political cost that step might incur.“Look, ICE does some functions that are very much needed,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, of New York, told reporters last week. “Reform ICE? Yes. That’s what I think we should do. It needs reform.”In addition to immigration enforcement and counterterrorism efforts, ICE’s mission includes stopping the illegal movement of people and goods. It also tackles money laundering, weapons smuggling, mass marketing fraud and cyber crimes.“Abolishing ICE would mean ending all of the agencies' programs and functions,” Cornyn said on the Senate floor Tuesday, calling the proposal "reckless and naive."“ICE does a lot more than just what we see at the border with these children,” Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, chairman of the House Homeland … [Read more...] about Political red meat: Are proposals to abolish ICE as unrealistic as calls to dissolve the IRS?