The New York Times reports that bipartisan "scrutiny" on deaths in immigrant detention centers may lead to the creation of a body that would be specifically charged with overseeing such centers. Nina Bernstein writes:
No government body is charged with accounting for deaths in immigration detention, a patchwork of county jails, privately run prisons and federal facilities where more than 27,500 people who are not American citizens are held on any given day while the government decides whether to deport them. (...)
Spurred by bipartisan reports of abuses in detention, the Senate unanimously passed an amendment to the proposed immigration bill that would establish an office of detention oversight within the Department of Homeland Security. Detention capacity would grow by 20,000 beds, or 73 percent, under the bill, which is epected to be debated again today in the Senate.