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Crosscurrents

Inside The Fight Against Private Immigration Detention

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Detainees at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in Adelanto, California on Aug. 28, 2019. The facility is a privately operated immigration detention center run by the GEO Group.

Last month, California became the first state in the nation to abolish private prisons. Lawmakers include immigration detention centers in their bill — most of those are run by private companies. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement is fighting back. Bay Area politicians accuse the agency of bending federal law so that it can continue detaining immigrants in California.

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Teresa Cotsirilos is a reporter at KALW, where she covers labor rights and public health in the Bay Area’s immigrant communities. A recipient of the IWMF Adelante Fellowship and the Center for Health Journalism's National Fellowship, she is currently investigating California wildfire cleanups and their impact on immigrant workers’ health and safety.