Do you know about the inhuman and unhygienic conditions at Willacy detention center , Raymondville, Texas?
This disgusting concentration camp is a blot on the landscape, a blight upon the reputation of decent Americans and a monument to its instigator, George Wa*ker Bush.
If more decent people in the USA knew how this place was run they would be protesting outside it with banners.
From the "Washington Post"
RAYMONDVILLE, Tex. -- Ringed by barbed wire, a futuristic tent city rises from the Rio Grande Valley in the remote southern tip of Texas, the largest camp in a federal detention system rapidly gearing up to keep pace with Washington's increasing demand for stronger enforcement of immigration laws.
About 2,000 illegal immigrants, part of a record 26,500 held across the United States by federal authorities, will call the 10 giant tents home for weeks, months and perhaps years before they are removed from the United States and sent back to their home countries.
About 2,000 illegal immigrants are being held in this detention facility in South Texas, awaiting deportation to their home countries. Some may wait months or years. (By Kirsten Luce For The Washington Post)
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The $65 million tent city, built hastily last summer between a federal prison and a county jail, marks both the success and the limits of the government's new policy of holding captured non-Mexicans until they are sent home. Previously, most such detainees were released into the United States before hearings, and a majority simply disappeared.
The new policy has led to a dramatic decline in border crossings by non-Mexicans, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
But civil liberties and immigration law groups allege that out of sight, the system is bursting at the seams. In the Texas facility, they say, 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.
"I call it 'Ritmo' -- like Gitmo, but it's in Raymondville," said Jodi Goodwin, an immigration lawyer from nearby Harlingen.
An inspector general's report last month on a sampling of five U.S. immigration detention facilities found inhumane and unsafe conditions, including inadequate health care, the presence of vermin, limited access to clean underwear and undercooked poultry. Although ICE standards require that immigrants have access to phones and pro bono law offices, investigators found phones missing, not working or connected to non-working numbers.
With roughly 1.6 million illegal immigrants in some stage of immigration proceedings, ICE holds more inmates a night than Clarion hotels have guests, operates nearly as many vehicles as Greyhound has buses and flies more people each day than do many small U.S. airlines.
Gary Mead, assistant director of ICE detention and removal operations, said the agency is proud of its record, calling Raymondville "a modern, clean facility" that meets federal standards -- "which we believe are among the highest you'll find anywhere." Mead added: "We think the conditions of confinement there are both humane and consistent with all the rights they should be entitled to."
Despite its spartan conditions, the facility in Willacy County, 260 miles south of Austin, is a key to President Bush's drive to create a channel for temporary foreign workers and a path toward legalization for as many as 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.
To do so, the government must convince skeptics that it can credibly enforce laws aimed at illegal immigrants and their employers, and can hold and deport those caught by the U.S. Border Patrol. At the same time, the administration and its allies argue that even additional detention beds will be overwhelmed without new channels for legal immigration.
Accordingly, the United States has embarked on a huge prison building and contracting campaign, increasing the number of illegal immigrants detained from 19,718 a day in 2005 to about 26,500 now, and a projected 32,000 this summer.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Raymondville is a lot further than just 260 miles from Austin. It is over 200 just to Corpus from Austin.
Is Raymondville one of the Wackenhut facilities? Prisons are privately run nowadays.
Why would illegal immigrants be sentenced to
Raymondville in the first place? Most of them are just sent home. I believe in amnesty for our immigrants because they are looking for a better life. Make them citizens and tax them.
If I was born in Nuevo Laredo, I would be swimming that river too.
By the way, it is extremely expensive to apply for citizenship. Make it more affordable and more people would go through the correct channels.
*San Antonio girl*
- AJ FranklinLv 61 decade ago
Do you know what Mexico does to people who sneak south across the border without the permission of the Federales?
They spend a big part of their lives in really dirty, dank, hungry group prison cells in Mexico.
So the ones that sneak across our USA border don't get any sympathy from me. I am not a fan of GW Bush, but I am a fan of LEGAL immigration. If they can't come here legally, let them be locked up until we put them on a nice clean bus back across the Rio Grande.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It's a necessary evil. American citizens are already living worse then this in poverty stricken neighborhoods. I know i seen it and i lived it.
The country needs to stop illegal immigrants and keep our borders safe. Since a giant fence isn't enough to do it then we need to send a message to those that plan on crossing the border.Source(s): <----