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.