Privatized Prisons for Immigrants

Date Put forth on March 9, 2007 by XicanoPwr
Category Posted in Civil Rights, Concentration Camp, Fear, Human Rights, ICE, Immigration, La Migra, Nativism, Racism, Raza, Round-ups, Texas, Xenophobia


In the nation’s response to the tragedy that occurred in 9/11 attacks, the border acquired new significant importance in the “war on terror.” Among the most relevant of the changes that transpired, the immigration issue is now assigned to the Department of Homeland Security. Although Mexico has no significant Islamic population and houses no known terrorist cells, the border has once again been depicted in terms of “national security.” Given that border security means stopping undocumented immigration, unfortunately, US border policies have had very real negative consequences.

Raymondville Map In Texas, there is an expression we like to say, “everything is big in [tag]Texas[/tag].” Within the continental United States, Texas is the biggest state by area, and the second biggest among the 50 states, only Alaska is bigger. The people of this state take pride in their bigness, from number of big oil companies to our prison system. Texas has the largest number of “immigration prisons” in the US to house the undocumented immigrants once they have been rounded up (here, here, and here); and Texas can proudly claim to the largest concentration camp in the US federal system’s archipelago of immigration prisons.

In June 2006, [tag]Willacy County[/tag] commissioners entered into a two-year contract with the US Department of [tag]Homeland Security[/tag] to build a futuristic cluster of tent-like domes in the Rio Grande Valley. Like a thief in the night, the prisons were quietly built in the rural town of [tag]Raymondville[/tag]. The Willacy County [tag]Detention Center[/tag] is one of a host of new or expanded prisons, both public and private, that [tag]ICE[/tag] has commissioned for an expected rush of illegal immigrant detainees. According to the Washington Post, about 2,000 undocumented immigrants are housed within the 10 giant tent city home for weeks, months and perhaps years before they are deported back to their home countries.

Raymondville Prison As the government invokes national security to sweep up and jail an unprecedented number of immigrants, the private-prison industry is booming. The $65 million camp build by Utah-based [tag]Management and Training Corporation[/tag] (MTC), is a sprawling squat of inflatable domes plopped down on top of massive concrete slabs. The facility was quietly built last summer between a federal prison and a county jail where,

…illegal immigrants are confined 23 hours a day in windowless tents made of a Kevlar-like material, often with insufficient food, clothing, medical care and access to telephones. Many are transferred from the East Coast, 1,500 miles from relatives and lawyers, virtually cutting off access to counsel.

Marc J. Moore, field officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Detention and Removal Operation, told the Brownsville Herald that the Willacy County Detention Center will be set up with 10 huge circus-like tents, surrounded by “14-foot-tall razor wire fences stand around each dome” with “two rows of razor wire fences” surrounding the 200,000-square foot prison site. The new prisons are made out of Tedlar, a “nylon material,” which they are stretched over “metal studs,” comparable to the structures that are used by the US military in Baghdad and made by Sprung Instant Structures, a company with offices in Utah. The Sprung’s structures will house about 200 beds in each tent and each tent will be divided into four 3,700-foot sections. It’s no surprise that “similar temporary buildings were used for troop recreational facilities in Iraq,” the article points out. According to OMB Watch’s searchable database of federal government spending, Strung has already won $16,864,710 in military contracts since 2000.

With an increase in stricter immigration laws and Washington’s push for tighter enforcement, these are signs to come of rural American sprawl of inflatable detentions. As Eric Schlosser mentions in his 1998 article, “The Prison-Industrial Complex” in The Atlantic Monthly:

The prison-industrial complex is not a conspiracy, guiding the nation’s criminal-justice policy behind closed doors. It is a confluence of special interests that has given prison construction in the United States a seemingly unstoppable momentum. It is composed of politicians, both liberal and conservative, who have used the fear of crime to gain votes; impoverished rural areas where prisons have become a cornerstone of economic development; private companies that regard the roughly $35 billion spent each year on corrections not as a burden on American taxpayers but as a lucrative market; and government officials whose fiefdoms have expanded along with the inmate population.

Prison Map This contemporary push to privatize corrections takes place against a socioeconomic background of serious and seemingly difficult crisis. By the fall of 2007, the administration expects that about 27,500 immigrants will be in detention each night, a gain of 6,700 over the current number in custody, according to a 2006 New York Times article. Who is going to cash in on this, and who is ultimately going to pay the price? Under the push of Bushes social Darwinism, with its “toughness” on “illegals” as its battle cry, the war profiteers in this home front is the [tag]Corrections Corporation of America[/tag] ([tag]CCA[/tag]), the [tag]Geo Group[/tag] (formerly the Wackenhut Corrections Corporation) – the two biggest prison operators – and now [tag]Kellogg, Brown and Root[/tag], a subsidiary of [tag]Halliburton[/tag] (the makers of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center) are enjoying the spoils of war. Analysts state, profit margins are higher at detention centers than prisons. According the NY Times article mentioned above:

… the Correction Corp.’s revenue from holding immigrants jumped 21 percent, to $95 million from $70 million in 2004. Geo, the second largest prison operator, received $30.6 million last year, about the same as the year before. … Wall Street analysts said that detention centers produce profit margins of more than 20 percent.

Just recently, Williamson County’s T. Don Hutto Correctional Residential Center, come under review when people found out they were housing 200 children. Hutto is operated for the government by the CCA and according to the New York Times, is “under a $2.8-million-a-month contract with Williamson County.” The Hutto Residential Center is one of two family detention centers in this country; the other is the Berks Family Shelter Care Facility in Leesport, PA.

Ever since the [tag]Hutto facility[/tag] has under intense scrutiny for having a reputation as a prison that locks up children, officials invited the media to tour the place (video of tour).

In a 72-page report, “Locking Up Family Values: The Detention of Immigrant Families,” released last month by two refugee advocacy organizations, Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), concluded that the T. Don Hutto Family Residential Center and the Berks Family Shelter Care Facility were modeled on the criminal justice system “where residents are deprived of the right to live as a family unit, denied adequate medical and mental health care, and face overly harsh disciplinary tactics.” It went to say

“Every woman we talked to in these facilities cried,” said Michelle Brané, Director, Detention and Asylum at the Women’s Commission. “Many of the children were clearly sad and depressed. Some feared separation from their parents, a common threat used to ensure that children behaved according to facility rules. Alternatives exist that are not punitive and that keep families together while also addressing the enforcement concerns of the government.”

But this is not surprising, last month, NPR reported on the findings of a new study from the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security. According to NPR

Some non-U.S. citizens detained by the government for violating immigration laws are kept in rat-infested, cramped detention centers, fed noxious food and denied basic hygiene items such as clean socks and underpants.

Investigators found that two jails were infested with rats and roaches. The supposedly hot meals at one detention center were served cold. Detainees got food poisoning. The ventilation system didn’t work.

Some detention centers were so crowded that detainees were stacked up high, on triple bunk beds. They had to clamber up and down without ladders, because the jails refused to buy them. The inspector general reported that some detainees were injured because they fell off those bunks. And some facilities didn’t provide immigrants with clean socks and underpants, the way they are supposed to.

Don’t be misled into thinking this will end any time soon? Just recently, more than 300 immigrants were seized in a Massachusetts immigration raid. Federal immigration authorities carried out a massive raid on a New Bedford, Massachusetts, plant Tuesday morning, detaining 300 to 350 immigrant workers and charging the company’s owner and three managers with knowingly hiring undocumented workers.

Detained Hutto Girl Everything is going as planned with Bush’s Endgame, where jackbooted thugs of America’s ruthlessly capturing and hauling off 400,000 Latinos “absconders” to immigration prisons. History continues repeating itself, while the capital elites enjoy the spoils of a trumped up war. Yet we continue to be a society of sleepwalkers, not wanting to care or get involved. People have to remember that violence is prompted by those who oppress, who exploit, who fail to recognize others as individuals and not by those who are oppressed, exploited, and unrecognized. It is not the helpless, subject to terror, who initiate terror, but the violent, who with their power create the concrete situation which begets the “rejects of life.” How do people come to such a pass that they can commit such atrocities against each other? Where has our empathy and kindness gone? If we cannot even show an ounce of care for them, then what has become of our humanity? So look at that little girl who is currently in the Hutto facility who is forced to wear prison garb and who will only receive one hour of fun a day and tell her that she resigned to a life of life of humiliation and wretchedness. Tell her that she is less than human and will be doomed of a life of misery, while some shut their surrounding just to continue living in their comfortable place. Tell her you would rather see her dead because her parents came her looking for a better life, if you makes you happy.

We are living in a very fractionalized and disjointed America due to the policies of our administration, but in reality we have families being broken up. I am saddened because there are children crying because they have lost their parents; there are people suffering from nativist that are hell bent on making their idea of what America should be. How many more atrocities must be committed before any of this madness is brought to an end? More importantly: How can we see another’s woe and not be in sorrow too? How can we see another’s grief and not seek ease their pain? How can we see a falling tear, and not feel for their sorrow?

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  1. Gravatar Icon The Notorious Virtual Chicano Mar 10th, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Gee wiz XP,

    I’m starting to think the Euros don’t like us (nothing gets by me LoL) Just look at all those luxury concentration camps. I think we should go halves on a railroad car and gas chamber business. The only thing I haven’t figured out is what we’ll do when they use them on us. Oh well, we probably wouldn’t get the financing anyways.

    Back to the old drawing board.

    -Daniel

    BTW, Outstanding work!

  2. Gravatar Icon nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Mar 10th, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    hmmm. your comments and trackbacks are styled exactly the same….

    This post has crazy mad research, ‘mano. great job. i can tell this took some hours.

    How can we see another’s grief and not seek ease their pain? How can we see a falling tear, and not feel for their sorrow?

    word.

  3. Gravatar Icon truthmattersfa Mar 10th, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    Nothing like reading pro-amnesty garbage from a deranged liberal. Seriously though, I just have several points for you
    1) Do you favor securing the Southern border with Mexico? (because 66% of Americans do)

    2) “Everything is going as planned with Bush’s Endgame, where jackbooted thugs of America’s ruthlessly capturing and hauling off 400,000 Latinos “absconders” to immigration prisons.”

    Completely false. First, of all, Bush was actually the person pushing for this quasi-amnesty “legalization” bill. So you are completely wrong about that. Second, not all ILLEGAL immigrants are Latinos. While a large majority are (77%), the fact that you classify all ILLEGAL immigrants as Latinos shows that you view this as race issue, rather than as a national security/economic wage security issue. Which is fine. You’re allowed to be stupid.

    3) What should be done with people who are caught being in this country ILLEGALLY?

    4) What should be done with people who are caught being in the country ILLEGALLY AND have committed a crime(s)?

    5) Do you really honestly believe that people who break the law and enter the country ILLEGALLY and then get caught are entitled to nice conditions, or conditions nicer than many of the homes they were living in?

    Let me see if I understand this. People should be free to come here ILLEGALLY, use our taxpayer funded health care (for FREE), not pay taxes on their income, and then be given nice conditions with tv, gourmet food, queen size bed, A/C when they get caught?

    P.S. We wouldn’t have the need for any of these expensive prisons built by the “war-profiteers (another lie in your post which I will debunk later)” if we were allowed to deport ILLEGAL immigrants immediately upon being caught. Of course, idiot liberals and the ACLU complain about that, so we have to hold them in detention centers waiting for their case to be heard before an immigration judge. All because you guys think these ILLEGAL immigrants are entitled to due process. Your hypocrisy is amazing.

  4. Gravatar Icon Arcturus Mar 11th, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    you know, when I posted that news story on the kids being ‘left behind,’ nursing babies even ferfuck’s sake, & reflecting on ‘left behind,’ realizing the only other option ICE can even contemplate would be shipping ’em off to the gulag along w/ their parents . . . & then I just lost it

    no, this isn’t ending anytime soon. no matter what color the White House is

  5. Gravatar Icon XicanoPwr Mar 12th, 2007 at 8:17 am

    truthmattersfa –
    It is same story no matter what the issue, people cannot help but create straw men and use ad hominem attacks whenever someone is losing the debate. Surely these are signs of the dying throes of an old mindset struggling to hold on to power and land.

    Everybody else –
    This debate is currently taking place over at My Left Wing. The issue has turned into free speech issue between truthmattersfa accusing MLW of violating truthmattersfa free speech. And like all good conservatives hypocritically argue how their rights have been violated, while they have free reign to violate the same rights on others. So, lets play their little game using their argument.

    The right to free speech is one of the core values of this country, so I will not censor folks like truthmattersfa, they have the right to comment here in the designated “free-speech zone,” better know as moderation. I know that can be viewed as censorship, but according to the rules put in place by conservatives to protect their great leader, it is not because I’m allowing speech and even encouraging speech just in a particular location. The fact that other readers may not see such content, well, I guess that is something they should have thought of before they made up these silly little rules.

  6. Gravatar Icon Annamarie Mar 23rd, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    XicanoPwr, you have written a poignant piece which is heartbreakingly true. People like truthmattersfa are narrow-minded, bigoted, sociopathic individuals. They have no conscience and regard for humanity other than themselves and their ilk. They disdain all economic and political refugees. These types have no clue about the real world, except the pap they’re spoonfed on faux news. They believe that our planet was created solely for their pleasure and abuse, not comprehending the fact that after the jackboots have rounded up all the ‘illegal immigrants’, they will come after the ‘legal residents’. It has happened before and it will happen again if people do not wake up. Sadly, we have these types in our so-called ‘liberal’ Canada too, and it greatly distresses me. Before narrow-minded people make absurd comments, they should take the time to read and learn about geopolitical situations and trends. Economic refugees are created by greed-driven superpowers. What are these starving masses to do then? After their regions have been pillaged and plundered by the greedy elites, how are the people expected to eke out a living? Do any of those right-wing, self-satisfied neanderthals ever give that reality a thought? All people would much rather live and work in their homeland, were they allowed to do this in peace and without interference. But if the land has become unarable creating scarcity of food and jobs, how are people expected to live? What is so ‘criminal’ in their actions to leave their beloved homelands in search of a better life? Would not ALL of us in the same predicament do likewise????

    Thank you for keeping up the good work of getting the truth out. Hopefully in time, enough people will listen, and use their voices and votes to make a difference.

    Hopefully they will do this in your country and mine, and indeed throughout the world where there are gross inequalities.
    Annamarie

  7. Gravatar Icon voice.of.detainees Oct 16th, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    To Whom It May Concern.
    This letter is on behalf of all the inmates at the Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This “prison” or “detention center” is run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). We have written this letter because of the mistreatment treatment from CCA Officers and the problems that this center has. First of all, the CCA officers here have chosen a career working with the public. They have an option to work here or not, and we are sure that there is no job requirement that states that they must treat people like animals as they do. Many of the officer are obnoxious and rude. They constantly curse at inmates and put them down. We already have very low self-esteem because of being in custody for immigration issues, why make us feel even worse? These officers are misusing their power. Since we are in custody and not working, our families are having difficulty putting money in our accounts for phone cards, writing material and most importantly snacks. The officers who are working and receiving a paycheck come to us and ask us for chocolate bars, coffee and other snacks. Some officers also bring their personal life to work and take their frustrations out on us. They constantly give us and our family who come to visit us attitudes. They sometimes abuse their power and don’t allow us to practice our religion. Numerous times, inmates had to stop praying because an officer ordered them too. In the middle of the night, the officers congregate in dorms, talk loud and constantly slam doors making it very uncomfortable to sleep. They have no decency.
    Another issue here is commissary. Everything is overpriced to the fullest extent. For example, a radio which costs $2-$3 costs us $26 to purchase from commissary. We are not working and our families are suffering and being torn apart because the CCA is trying to make even more money off of us! As for the snacks, most of them are expired or soon to be expired. Not only are we being charged more for items, but they are also expired items! Sixty to seventy percent of the soda, chips and other snacks are already expired before we get them. In many instances, bird droppings have been found on soup boxes and bags of chips. They ban us from having many things, even pencils. Those who are in criminal jails are allowed to have more things than us and WE are not criminals! According to ICE policy for detainees, it states that the facility is required to give us writing material at no cost. It seems that the CCA does not want to follow that rule. They charge us for pens, paper and envelopes. Pens cost $0.30 each, a stamped envelope costs $0.51 and a notepad costs $0.90. What happened to writing material at no cost?
    The phones here are a serious issue too. They calls are too expensive and the lines have very poor quality. There are only 2 phones for every 44 people. A lot of us need to call lawyers to discuss our cases and we cannot do so because it is to expensive to make phone calls. Local calls are so expensive, imagine how much they are charging us for international calls! We are paying at least $20 a week just to be able to speak to our relatives or lawyers for only 10 minutes.
    As for the food here, the issues vary from day to day. The food is usually overcooked. The trays that we are served in are not clean. The portions are too small. If you are still hungry, they DO NOT ALLOW you to take an extra tray. They would rather throw out all the food than allow us to have a little more to fill us up. If we are in visitation or religious services during meal time, they do not save any hot lunch for us, they just throw it out. We are lucky if we are allowed to get a cold lunch when we come back from visitation.The food has no flavor and they do not give us salt and pepper. It seems that they want us to starve.
    According to immigration laws, they can hold people for 90 – 180 days, but for some reason some people have been here for years. Some people in this facility have been here over a year. This facility was not made to accommodate people for over a year. There are no exercise rooms or recreational activities administered here. An hour in a room with 3 holes in the ceiling should not count as outdoor rec. The room is dirty and dusty. Why are we not allowed to have fresh air? Why are we not allowed to see the sun? The air-conditioning system always leaks water on our beds. We have complained many times but they never do anything about it. Some dorms have mold growing which is not healthy for us to breath in. Again, complaints have been made but no one does anything about it. There have also been instances where insects were found. We are the ones who are required to clean our dorms. They make us clean the bathroom, shower area, toilets, mop and dust. Whenever inspectors, investors, or government officials come to see the facility, they make us clean more so that the rooms can be spotless. They also treat us better in front of these people. Little do they know, it is all a show so that their facility can pass inspection or so that they gain another investor! There have also been times where they have shut down water in dorms for long hours. During this time, we have no water to drink, or to wash up. Some days there is no soap for us to wash our hands or shower with. The bathroom or dorm has no ventilation. The bathroom is also open into the dorm. Imagine how the room smells when people go to the bathroom! Disgusting! We don’t know how they clean our clothing either. There have been many times when they return our laundry with more stains on it, stains that weren’t there when we gave them our dirty laundry. The razors that they give us seem to be old and reused. They tell us that they are new but there are times where we have found hair in them before we even use them, this is hazardous to our health. The dorms are always cold. Now that the weather is cooler, they have not turned down the AC. The officers walk around with jackets but as for us, we are not given that. We are always cold, especially at night. They do not allow us to have extra blankets to keep warm.
    A major issue here is medical care. The response time is very poor. It take 4 – 5 days to be admitted for medical care. The medical facility is less than 100 feet away from the dorms, why does it take so long to get help? The nurses have attitudes and make judgments on our health without even checking us. It also seems that the nurses or medical staff are not trained. They hand out the wrong medicine. Technically this is considered malpractice which is a serious offense, but i guess that rule does not apply to us. No matter what problem you are having, they always give you aspirin. It seems that is the easiest way to get rid of us. There is also no way to get dental care here at this facility. If you have a toothache, they resort to giving us pain killers or the option of pulling out the tooth! There was a case where a woman had so much pain from a toothache that she was constantly crying out loud and requesting help. Instead of getting a dentist to help her, the CCA officers put her in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) which is supposed to be used for people with mental health problems or it is used as punishment for those with poor behavior. Was she supposed to be punished for having a toothache?
    We are not criminals and we do not pose any harm to anyone. When we are taken out of the facility to go to our countrys’ embassy, they handcuff our hands and feet when leaving the vehicle. This is very embarrassing for us when people look at us while we are walking from the vehicle to the building. We are escorted through airports also wearing hand and foot cuffs, portraying us as terrorists in front of people at the airport. People get scared when they see us and this also makes us psychologically weak and is very emotional for us. As for being deported, there have been times where inmates have missed their flights because of CCA officers. Detainees are kept in caged vehicles with no food or access to restrooms for 8 or 9 hours until another flight is available.
    Here at the facility, there is one television per dorm which houses 44 people. We are not allowed to control the TV. The CCA officers are the only ones that can change the channel. They always keep it on spanish TV which is unfair to many of us who speak english and are not of spanish descent. They restrict us to having only 3 books or magazines. This is ridiculous. They barely give us recreational time, what do they expect us to do during count time for 30 – 45 minutes when we must stay by our beds. How many times can we possibly read the same 3 books or magazines?
    Sometimes they allow us to work in the facility. They pay us $1.00 a day if we work. We can work for hours but they still only pay $1.00 a day. Are we not even allowed to get minimum wage? We can’t even buy a plastic cup or a safety soon with $1.00.
    What about our families who come to visit us. The visitation area only has 12 booths for the male detainees and 6 booths for female. There are 300 detainees here, many of which are male, are 12 booths enough for them for visitation? Sometimes there are so many people waiting outside on line to come to see us and they cannot because there is no room in visitation. On those days, we are not given a chance to see our loved ones. In criminal jails, they allow conjugal visits, but as for us, we pose no harm to the public, instead of granting us conjugal visits, they make us talk to our relatives through glass windows and telephones.
    The biggest issue here is Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). People wait for months before they are told the real reasons why they are detained here. Sometimes, deportation officers don’t show up for months to answer some of the detainee’s questions. When we do ask questions, we are given vague answers like “YOUR CASE IS PENDING” or “BE PATIENT”. ICE officers run away when we have questions pertaining to why were housed there, when or if we will be able to go home, or why we aren’t being given custody reviews after our 90 day period has passed. As for information to help us, there are documents posted on walls with phone numbers and addresses to our embassies. Many of this information has not been updated, most of the address and phone numbers are incorrect, making it impossible to get in touch with our native countries embassy.
    We are suffering here and no one wants to listen to us. No one wants to hear what we have to say. We cannot complain to ICE or the CCA because if we do, they treat us even worse. The United States should be ashamed at the way they are treating us humans. THANK YOU FOR READING TO WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY.

  8. Gravatar Icon Mary Jones Dec 15th, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Have you forgotten that originally the border was open to all white immigrants? Those of you who are so upset because people are entering illegally, why don’t you go back to where your ancestors came from…Do you think the Natives wanted you here? This was their country first…and Texas belonged to Mexico don’t forget. But stealing…now that’s not a crime…that is when you steal from Native Americans and Mexicans but come in search of better opportunity for food, health care, and education, and be colored, now you deserve to be locked up and denied due process. Sounds fair to me. And yes, it is a race issue because this country was never as open to colored immigration as it has been to white immigration…except to African immigration, now they were forced to immigrate…

  9. Gravatar Icon paresh Dec 31st, 2007 at 10:59 am

    I HAVE ALSO PASSED 18 MONTHS IN EDC. THAT PLACE IS MORE THEN A PRISON………SO MUCH I WANTS TO TALK….THERE IS A LOTS OF THINGS THAT I WANTS TO TELL………

  10. Gravatar Icon Meg Mar 27th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    My God after reading the letter from the detainee. No wonder America does nothing to deter Israel from committing genocide and terrorism to the Palestinian people they are as bad if not worse themselves.
    America has no respect or value on the human life but those in power they are the terrorists in this case. I am horrified at the horrors they are capable of. SHAME AMERICA!!

  11. Gravatar Icon Nett Jan 22nd, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I can confirm what the detainee has said about her facility. The father of my children was in the san antonio and finally the laredo facility in texas and the conditions were horrible. The officers were disrespectful and treated him badly. They were a few who were sympathetic but the majority were horrible. Lets not talk about the cost of the phone cards, snacks etc. U are moved and don’t even know where u are going to. He started out in York, PA one day later he was in san antonio Texas without any notice, was there for a week and went to Laredo where he spent the rest of his time until he was sent to Jamaica. He was not here illegically but he did commit a felony, I understand but the conditions that the detainees are kept in are atrocious. Privatizing prisons I think was a mistake, America fights for prisoner rights in other countries but treat the detainees horribly. Now I agree, if someone is here illegically there is no need for them to have a trial or anything because a trial and due process are for people here legally and committed some kind of crime. U don;t have the right by law to be here u should be sent home immediately barring extenuating circumstances. The conditions at these facilities has to change and soon these people are human also and are already dealing with alot. THey should be treated better.

  12. Gravatar Icon SDF Nov 29th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Illegals shouldn’t be in tents or prisons – they should be immediately deported along w/ the anchor babies after their photos, fingerprints & DNA samples are taken. Then if they’re caught in the country again – esp if they commit another crime – then fry their illegal butts.

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