A Thousand More Beds for Immigrant Prison Camp at Raymondville?

email from Jay Johnson-Castro

Just got this. I’m repulsed.

Rather than heed the voice of the people…the Raymondville concentration camp will be expanded…by 50%. 1,000 More beds.

1,000 more beds? Hell! One thousand more refugees and immigrants every day. None of which have ever been charged with a crime. $5000 of our tax money will be paid per month per immigrant to “for-profit” MTC and $2.25 per person per day…time 3000…to Willacy County due to political corruption. The people commiting this crime against humanity are the real criminals…the real “illegals”.

Please feel free to share this with your respective groups…

In solidarity…



ICE plans for expansion

Allen Essex (Valley Morning Star)

July 12, 2007 – 10:14PM

RAYMONDVILLE — Willacy County officials have taken preliminary steps to build a 1,000-bed expansion to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center.

Planning for three permanent buildings is in the works, rather than additional Kevlar dome tent-type structures that are used now, Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said.

“They’ve been having meetings with Homeland Security and ICE,” said Spence.

“They’re wanting to expand. They’re waiting (for federal approval). At least they’re laying the groundwork for it.”

District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra said county commissioners violated the Texas Open Government Act this week by discussing the detention center in closed session and then voting for it afterward without discussion.

Guerra said Thursday that commissioners illegally approved the “$40 million project.”

In a letter to Gov. Rick Perry last month, County Judge Eliseo Barnhart said commissioners have had to hire outside attorneys to advise them because Guerra hasn’t attended a county meeting for months.

Spence said Guerra did attend part of Monday’s meeting, but said Guerra, the district and county attorney, has rarely attended county meetings in the past several months.

Commissioner Eddie Chapa would only confirm that an “economic development” item was passed Monday after discussion in closed session.

That item was listed as No. 5 on Monday’s Commissioners Court agenda:

“EXECUTIVE SESSION as authorized by Texas Government Code Section 551.087, discussion and consideration of an Economical Development Project and approving an amendment to the agreement between Willacy County, U.S. Homeland Security, and Immigration Customs Enforcement Contract No. DROIGSA-06-0031HSCEOPTG00004 and authorize the County Judge to execute the agreement.”

Meeting minutes provided by County Clerk Terry Flores show that Chapa made the motion to approve the agreement, which was seconded by County Judge Pro Tem Emilio Vera.

Commissioner Aurelio Guerra abstained from voting. Barnhart was absent.

Neither Barnhart or Vera could be reached for comment.

When the first phase of the federal detention enter opened in August 2006, federal officials said it was designed to hold 500 illegal immigrants.

Carl Stuart, spokesman for Management and Training Corp., the company that operates the Willacy detention center under a contract with ICE, said he could not comment on future plans at the center without clearance from federal officials.

ICE spokeswoman Nina Pruneda in San Antonio said media inquries about the project have been forwarded to officials in Washington.

By mopress

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