We just got word from a reliable source that Chertoff is denying access to the Hutto prison camp to the UN Human Rights Commission independent inspector, Sr. Jorge Bustamante….who was to inspect human rights violations against the innocent children and their mothers from some 30 different countries.
And we know why!!! Immoral and criminal conduct!!! Sleazy, callous and greedy exploitation…and child abuse…committed by the corporate controlled state. The military-industrial complex is committing its atrocities on innocent children and their mothers…right here in Texas. Taylor, Texas.
For years, we’ve criticized other dictators for refusing UN inspections. We even go to war over their refusals.
The State of Texas Department of Family Protective Services exempted CCA…actually exempted itself from Texas supervision over the child abuse being committed by Chertoff at Hutto.
Is it not time for a national outrage?
Will you join our outrage? Will you help?
May 3, 2007, 5:33PM
U.N. representative visit to immigration center rejected
By ANABELLE GARAY Associated Press Writer
© 2007 The Associated Press
DALLAS — A planned United Nations visit to a highly criticized central Texas center for detaining immigrant families was never approved by federal immigration officials, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said Thursday.
ICE didn’t immediately respond to questions of why the visit by Jorge Bustamante, the Human Rights Council’s independent expert on migrant rights, wasn’t approved.
Bustamante had been expected to tour the T. Don Hutto facility on Monday. The U.N. human rights office in Geneva announced late last month that he was going to tour the former prison in Taylor, as well as two border areas where U.S. officials say they will crack down on people illegally crossing the border.
ICE spokeswoman Ernestine Fobbs said no tours of Hutto are scheduled.
Bustamante still plans to discuss migrant issues with government officials, campaign groups and immigrants during a mission this month that includes stops in Tucson, Ariz.; Austin, Texas; Fort Myers, Fla.; New York; and Washington, D.C.
Bustamante, who is from Mexico, is expected to present his findings to the 47-nation rights council at its next session in June.
Civil liberties and immigration advocates sued federal officials in March on behalf of several children detained at Hutto, which typically houses about 400 non-criminal immigrants awaiting deportation or other outcomes to their immigration cases.
The groups contend families at Hutto are subjected to psychologically abusive guards, inadequate medical care and inhumane conditions in a facility run like a prison.
A federal judge was critical of the facility in an order setting the case for trial in August.
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin wrote that living conditions at the Hutto may be unsuitable, and federal officials overseeing the facility should have spent more time researching how to properly care for children in detention.
SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS TO VISIT UNITED STATES
27 April 2007
The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Jorge Bustamante, will visit the United States from 30 April to 18 May 2007 at the invitation of the Government.
The purpose of his visit is to witness first hand the situation of migrants at the borders and in immigration detention facilities and discuss migrant rights related issues with United States officials, experts and advocates from the civil society.
During his visit, the Special Rapporteur is scheduled to meet senior government officials, local authorities, representatives of non-governmental organizations and individual migrants. The Special Rapporteur will begin his mission in San Diego and then visit Tucson, Austin, Fort Meyers and New York. His mission concludes in Washington DC. His agenda includes visits to the Florence, Hutto and Monmouth detention centers. [emphasis added] He will also visit the Nogales border in Arizona and the border in San Diego.
The Special Rapporteur will report on his findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Prof. Bustamante was appointed Special Rapporteur by the Commission of Human Rights in August 2005. The mandate was established in 1999 and further extended by the Human Rights Council to “examine ways and means to overcome the obstacles existing to the full and effective protection of the human rights of migrants, including obstacles and difficulties for the return of migrants who are undocumented or in an irregular situation”.