ICE to transfer 1,600 immigrant detainees to federal prisons

- U.S. authorities plan to transfer 1,600 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees to federal prisons to keep pace with the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration, an ICE spokeswoman said Thursday.

The transfers would be part of efforts to meet demand for ICE detention space and keep up with the Trump administration’s more hardline stance on illegal immigration, Reuters reported.

“To meet this need, ICE is collaborating with the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), private detention facility operators and local government agencies,” the ICE spokeswoman said in a statement.

The 1,600 detainees will be temporarily transferred to five federal prisons in California, Oregon, Texas and Washington state, while awaiting their civil immigration court hearings. The largest of these prisons, in Victorville, Calif., will house 1,000 detainees.

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