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US awards immigration detention contracts in California

Posted at 9:50 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 00:50:38-05

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Trump administration has awarded billions of dollars in contracts for private companies to operate immigration detention centers in California.

The move posted Friday came less than two weeks before a new state law takes effect to prohibit them.

The contracts in San Diego, Calexico, Adelanto and Bakersfield allow for housing of about 4,000 detainees, with capacity to expand in the future.

ICE says the contracts are not subject to the new state law, deflecting criticism that the timing was meant to circumvent it.