Chertoff Threatens to Contract w. Halliburton Unless We Deport Salvadorans

In Culture of Corruption, Economic Justice, Election 2006, Immigration, International politics, International Trade, Laws & Regulation, US Politics on September 27, 2006 at 8:29 am

Election Years rule! (side note: The Julie Myers of ICE at DHS mentioned below is the neice of former Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Richard B. Myers. A critical look at here resume is here.)

The Homeland Security Department soon may need to either buy additional space in existing jails to detain apprehended illegal immigrants or implement a $385 million contingency contract to build more detention centers, sources told Government Executive Tuesday.

Unless lawmakers revoke a provision that prevents the deportation of Salvadorans, a contingency contract already agreed upon with Halliburton subsidiary KBR may be put into effect to offset the amount of space being taken up by arrested Salvadorans, one of the sources said.


At Tuesday’s hearing, Rep. Stevan Pearce, R-N.M., told Chertoff that detention space for illegal immigrants is in short supply in his district, which borders Mexico.

“We’re at the threshold where it begins to deteriorate,” he said.

Pearce is not the first lawmaker to push DHS officials to fix detention problems; another Republican congressman, Rep. Mark Foley of Florida, told Julie Myers, head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency within DHS, during a July hearing that “there’s no place to put” illegal immigrants.


Another DHS source said an abundance of space is available in existing facilities, but the department would need to rent it.

This source said the department is still pushing to meet its goal of having nearly 28,000 beds at jails for arrested illegal immigrants. “All we really need is money,” the source said, adding that “there is excess bed capacity in state and local facilities that is available to the extent we can afford it.”

But there is a possibility that “we may construct some new detention facilities,” the source said.

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