Feds to begin immigration detention makeover – Associated Press

Immigration officials are immediately ending the housing of families at a former prison in central Texas as a first step in transforming immigration detentions from a criminal to a civil system.

The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, says some families will go to Berks Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania. But he also says decisions about what to do with families will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Morton told reporters Thursday that redesigning immigration detention will take several years but the result will be more accountable and uniform. He says the agency will continue to detain people and do so on a large scale.