The U.S. government will evaluate whether to phase out private immigration detention centers by the end of November, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today.
In a statement, Johnson said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could follow suit.
"On Friday, I directed our Homeland Security Advisory Council ... to evaluate whether the immigration detention operations conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement should move in the same direction," the statement says.
Johnson said he asked Judge William Webster, chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, to create a subcommittee to evaluate whether private companies should continue to run immigration detention centers. "I asked that the Subcommittee consider all factors concerning ICE’s detention policy and practice, including fiscal considerations," he said.
The subcommittee will submit its recommendations to Johnson and ICE Director Sarah Saldaña by November 30, although the secretary didn't specify a date for a final decision.