Officials consider ending contract for immigrant detention center

Officials consider ending contract for immigrant detention center
Oct. 2, 2007, 8:35PM
By ANABELLE GARAY Associated Press Writer
© 2007 The Associated PressDALLAS — Williamson County officials agreed Tuesday to prepare a notice telling the federal government they plan to end a contract next year for a detention center that houses immigrant families.

It’s great to see a facility deciding not to be a part of the ICE program. Placing children in prison and even those that have not broken any serious laws (no violent crimes committed) makes little sense. Personally, I’m a big fan of “for profit” detention centers. I can’t imagine that they may be involved in questionable practices in these facilities.

Under a contract with Williamson County, the 512-bed former state prison is operated by Corrections Corporation of America with oversight by ICE. The federal government pays about $2.8 million each month — or about $180 a day per person — to house the detainees. The bulk of the money goes to CCA.

The facility once held some 400 people, including children, but the population has decreased in the past few months. None of the families at the facility, in Taylor, have criminal records or violent histories.

Obviously the county realizes that the practices of imprisoning families is not ethical and will warrant a lawsuit. This type of treatment is reminiscent of the anti-Asian movement during World War II.

Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the United States was gripped by war hysteria. This was especially strong along the Pacific coast of the U.S., where residents feared more Japanese attacks on their cities, homes, and businesses. Leaders in California, Oregon, and Washington, demanded that the residents of Japanese ancestry be removed from their homes along the coast and relocated in isolated inland areas. As a result of this pressure, on February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the forcible internment of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. More than two-thirds of those interned under the Executive Order were citizens of the United States, and none had ever shown any disloyalty. – Link

Here’s a video of a group protesting outside of Stewart County Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA.

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They are right in this video. When we fight for the rights of these immigrants, “illegal” or “legal” we are also fighting for our rights. If the Patriot Act hasn’t scared you enough already then just wait to see what’s coming when we’re all forced to carry around new universal ID’s or some other form of government mandated security measure. The cameras are already going up everywhere….big brother.

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2 thoughts on “Officials consider ending contract for immigrant detention center

  1. What a bunch of crap……

    They people that come into the United States of America without legal documentation… Are CRIMINALS… if they have no respect for the laws of our land to the point that they just come here illegially…they should be detained…and sent back and have no right to apply for US citizenship EVER! There are systems in place and they need to be used…the money spent on the confinement facility is FAR LESS then the money that is lost in the taxes illegials do not pay and the services they use up in the form of schools, unpaid ER visits, and infastructure use…. I could go on and on…LOCK them up and send them back…. they have enough resources to come to america illegially…they have enough resources to make it where they come from…Not many people I know can afford to just up and travel to another country and just stay there….

  2. Though I can’t argue that they broke the law, I can argue that they pay taxes because many of them do. Unless a business is paying them “off the books,” which most are not, there would be no way of avoiding taxes.

    If they have such abundant resources, as you claim, why do they come here? To make your life miserable? I doubt it.

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