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Clinton Wants To Close Private Immigration Detention Centers

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has introduced her immigration platform at the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Brooklyn.

Clinton told a room of a thousand immigration rights activists that she wants undocumented immigrants to be treated like human beings.

“There are people in immigration detention right now who are on a hunger strike," she said.  "We need to be focused on detention conditions. And as President, I’ll close private immigration detention centers.”

Clinton said the U.S. has the resources to run its own immigration detention centers. She said the government shouldn’t outsource that responsibility.

At last count, 19 immigrant detainees nationwide were on hunger strike. That’s according to ICE. Activists say the number is closer to 40.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.