The Trump administration is planning to expand the number of federal immigration jails used to house undocumented immigrants, according to USA Today.
Notices published recently on a federal contracting website show that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has put out requests to identify privately-run jail sites in major cities such as Salt Lake City, Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul and in southern Texas, the report said.
The report said that two private prison companies, GEO Group and CoreCivic, that donated heavily to support Mr. Trump during the election may receive contracts.
ICE jails house between 31,000 and 41,000 detainees each day in federal prisons, the report said.
Between late January and early September, ICE arrested more than 97,000 people who are suspected of being in the U.S. illegally, which is a 43 percent increase over the same period last year during the Obama administration, the report noted.