US authorities are transferring about 1,600 immigration detainees into federal prisons, the first large-scale use of federal prisons to hold detainees amid a crackdown on undocumented immigrants by the administration of President Donald Trump .
A spokeswoman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Reuters on Thursday that five federal prisons will temporarily take in detainees awaiting civil immigration court hearings, including potential asylum seekers, with one prison in Victorville, California, preparing to house 1,000 people.
Trump has made his hard-line stance on immigration an integral part of his presidency and has promised to build a wall along the US-Mexican border to curb the flow of migrants from Mexico and Central America.
He has also promised to keep immigrants targeted for deportation locked up “pending the outcome of their removal proceedings.”
Under former President Barack Obama, many immigrants without…