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The Trouble with Karnes County's ICE 'Hotel'

"ICE has a shiny, new building to warehouse people." - Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer, Mar. 16, 2012 .

Immigration Detention By the Numbers

Fact sheets for Texas , Arizona , California and Louisiana , by Human Rights First.

Man of Two Countries at Home in Neither

"After years in North Texas, Marco Pacheco left Mansfield 17 months ago for Mexico, determined to “get right by the law.” His parents had brought him to Texas unlawfully when he was 12. He graduated from Mansfield schools and a Fort Worth community college. But without legal status,...

Texas Immigration Jail Overcrowded; 90% of Detainees Not Criminals

"Recent contract documents reveal the Texas Port Isabel Detention Center is subjecting the average 1115 people it locks up each night to overcrowding, and that 90 per cent of them have no criminal records . On February 11 and 12, 2014 representatives from several private prison firms visited the...

Feds Planning Massive Family Immigration Jail in South Texas

"Federal officials are planning a new for-profit family detention lockup for immigrant children and their parents in South Texas. The 2,400-bed “South Texas Family Detention Center”—as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is referring to it—is slated for a 50-acre site...

ICE, CCA Funnel Immigration Detention Dollars from Texas to Arizona

"When the immigration detention center in Dilley fills up next year, the city of Eloy, Arizona, population 16,600, stands to make $436,000. Eloy will benefit because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tapped the town as a pass-through to funnel $290 million to a private jail company to operate...

Old Contract With GEO Group May Tie Karnes County's Hands Over Family Immigration Prison Expansion

"On Thursday afternoon, the Karnes County Commissioners Court, which normally meets before a handful of citizens, moved its meeting to an overflow room. The meeting was unusually well-attended because the county’s residents need to decide — and decide fast — whether their county...

Lawsuit Aims to Prevent Licensing of Texas Refugee Gulags (Updated: Link to Lawsuit Added)

Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune, Oct. 22, 2015 - "A watchdog group is suing the agency charged with protecting the state’s most vulnerable Texans, alleging the department fast-tracked a policy change that might help the federal government convince a federal judge to reverse her order...

Feds rush to comply with judge’s family detention ruling

Franco Ordoñez, McClatchyDC, Oct. 22, 2015 - "Federal officials say they’re working to comply with a looming court deadline to stop extended detention of migrant children and their parents. But immigration lawyers who represent the mothers say the government is unprepared and that...

Texas Private Immigration Prison Fails Inspection

Texas Prison Bid'ness, Nov. 18, 2015 - "A for-profit prison that houses hundreds of immigration detainees has failed an inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The Rolling Plains Regional Detention Center is operated by Louisiana-based private prison corporation Emerald Corrections...

The Refugee Jail Deep in the Heart of Texas

Aseem Mehta, Dec. 2015 - "While families fleeing the Middle East continue to dominate the news, the U.S. government has quietly built a gargantuan detention center for Central American migrants."

Feds Open Third Baby Jail for Refugee Minors in North Texas

JULIETA CHIQUILLO, ANA AZPURUA and DIANNE SOLIS, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 21, 2015 - "More than 170 Central American migrant children are settling in a camp in rural Rockwall County as the federal government announced that a third camp in Texas will host 200 migrant minors. The youths are scheduled...

Texas Mulls Licensure of Immigration Jails for Refugee Kids, Moms

Andrea Ball, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 29, 2016 - "The speakers trekked to the podium one after another, simultaneously lambasting and pleading with a panel of child protection officials weighing the fate of thousands of immigrant mothers and children in detention centers. Why on earth, they...

Texas Court Issues Temporary Injunction Prohibiting Licensing of Dilley Family Detention Camp

Grassroots Leadership, June 1, 2016 - " In a major victory for advocates, an Austin judge has issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a child care license under lowered standards to the nation’s largest immigration...