Kasich Gets Info on Immigrant Detention Quota

Arnie Alpert on May 06, 2015
When I asked John Kasich in March about for-profit prisons and the immigrant detention quota he said he didn’t know anything about it. Yesterday I handed him a packet of information.

When Ohio Governor John Kasich spoke at “Politics and Pies” in Concord on March 24, I asked him about the immigrant detention quota, a budget provision that requires 34,000 immigrants to be detained on a daily basis.  Kasich, who once chaired the House Budget Committee, said “I’d have to check.”  I told him I would be glad to provide more information. 

Today, I had my chance.

I spotted Gov. Kasich at the corner of Capitol and North Main Streets in Concord chatting about the reconstruction of downtown Concord with a local political leader.  I re-introduced myself, reminded him of the conversation we had a month ago.  He once again indicated he was not familiar with this issue.  I and handed him a copy of the recent report from Grassroots Leadership, “Payoff: How Congress Ensures Private Prison Profit with an Immigrant Detention Quota.”  Gov. Kasich once again said, “I don’t know anything about this.”  I responded, “That’s why I’m giving you this report.”   

Gov. Kasich handed my packet to an aide and continued on to The Barley House for a Chamber of Commerce lunch.  

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Arnie Alpert

Arnie Alpert is co-director of the American Friends Service Committee’s New Hampshire Program, which he has led since 1981.  In that time he has been involved in movements for economic justice and affordable housing, civil and worker rights, peace and disarmament, abolition of the death penalty, and an end to racism and homophobia.