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Latino Daily News

Sunday August 29, 2010

Money to House Detainees is Good Business

The detention of illegal immigrants in Oklahoma brings in millions of dollars. Federal contracts with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement fund for the jobs, jails and upkeep of the local facilities with federal dollars.

It’s a good business plan,” said Tim Albin, chief of the services division that oversees the budget for the Tulsa County Sheriffs Department. “It allows us to bank and put money back and carry over for other things.”

Agreements between local governments and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement are common throughout the US. The agency currently contracts about 240 local jails and detention sites to hold detainees. The agency last year spent 45% of its 5.7 Billion budget on detention expenses to local governments who housed detainees.