California’s attorney general asked the federal appeals court for the 9th Circuit on Wednesday to reconsider a ruling that rejected the state’s ban on private prisons and private immigration detention centers.
Last month’s ruling by a three-judge appellate panel kept an important piece of the world’s largest immigration detention system in place, despite a 2019 law in the state that aims to phase out private immigrant prisons to 2028.
“They treat people like animals, pose an unacceptable risk to the health and well-being of Californians, prioritize profits over rehabilitation, making all of us but safe,” stated Attorney General Rob Bonta, who wrote the law. when he was in the State Assembly and that he presented the request for review of the ruling by a larger panel of the court of appeals.
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who signed the bill, said in a statement that the use of private immigrant prisons “does not reflect the values of our state and disproportionately impacts minority and low-income communities.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement and The Geo Group Inc., which are suing California over the law, did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.
The three-judge panel, in a split decision, ruled that state law interferes with federal authority.
Two justices appointed by former Republican President Donald Trump rejected the law, while a Democratic nominee Barack Obama supported it.
The law was passed as part of a series of efforts by Democrats in California to limit the state’s cooperation with the federal government on immigration matters during the Trump administration.