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ACLU, SEIU Set US Immigration Policies

From the open borders/get out the vote lobby at the DNC’s Washington Post:

ACLU Settles Suit on Illegal-Immigrant Holding Facility

ACLU Settles Suit on Illegal-Immigrant Holding Facility

By Spencer S. Hsu
Tuesday, August 28, 2007; Page A03

The federal government yesterday announced the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against conditions at a government detention center for illegal immigrant children and families in Taylor, Tex.

The deal averted a trial set to open in U.S. District Court in Austin, and it was made after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began improving education, recreation, medical care and privacy standards at its first large holding facility for illegal immigrant families, the 512-bed T. Don Hutto Family Residential Facility, which opened in May 2006…

Under the ACLU detention agreement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agreed to place families who have a legal basis to contest deportation — such as asylum claims — in Hutto only if no other space is available. Families facing expedited removal proceedings, where no hearing is required, may be detained but their cases must be reviewed every 30 days to see if they can be transferred or released.

The agency also agreed to allow children older than 12 to move freely about the facility, to provide a full-time pediatrician, to end a requirement that families stay in their cells 12 hours a day, and to offer field trips, toys, books and more nutritional food to children.

“The fact remains that our government should not be locking up innocent children — period. That is not what America is about,” said Lisa Graybill, legal director of the ACLU of Texas…

Will someone explain to me where the ACLU gets the authority to dictate our prison policies?

They are a Communist front organization that was founded with the sole purpose of undermining the country by attacking it through legalisms. Nobody elected them. They are responsible to no one.

And as if to demonstrate (albeit unwittingly) how upside down the world has become, the article also point out:

The Bush administration has continued to emphasize tougher enforcement efforts after this summer’s collapse of immigration legislation in Congress, but unions and other liberal activist groups are stepping up pressure on behalf of immigrants.

For instance, the Service Employees International Union plans today to file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., against another federal immigration agency, charging that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services exceeded its authority by raising fees significantly July 30, including increasing charges for citizenship applicants from $400 to $675.

The increase “presents a huge barrier to thousands of immigrants” anxious to vote in the 2008 presidential primary and general elections, said Eliseo Medina, the union’s executive vice president. “This lawsuit is about accountability.”

This union (which is probably illegal in its own right) is suing because a federal agency in charge of citizenship raised its fees? Claiming the agency “exceeded its authority”?

If they don’t have the authority to set their fees, than who does? The ACLU? This union?

And of course they let the cat out of the bag:

The increase “presents a huge barrier to thousands of immigrants” anxious to vote in the 2008 presidential primary and general elections, said Eliseo Medina, the union’s executive vice president. “This lawsuit is about accountability.”

No, Ms. Media. It has nothing to do with accountability.

It’s all about getting more votes for your DNC masters.

Meanwhile, here is some information you will never hear from our watchdog media about this facility, from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s website:

Fact Sheets

April 2007

The ICE T. Don Hutto Family Residential Facility:
maintaining family unity, enforcing immigration laws

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) opened the T. Don Hutto Family Residential Facility in Taylor, Texas, in May 2006 to accommodate alien families in ICE custody. This state-of-the-art facility was designed for families who have been placed in administrative immigration proceedings and is one of the major reasons the Department of Homeland Security has been able to successfully end the “catch and release” of illegal aliens at the southern border.

The facility provides an effective and humane alternative to maintain the unity of alien families as they await the outcome of their immigration hearings or the return to their home countries.

Background

Before ICE opened the Hutto facility, alien families caught illegally crossing the border were often released with “Notices to Appear” before federal immigration judges.  However, they rarely appeared for these hearings.  This “catch and release” policy created a border vulnerability that alien smugglers sought to exploit by bringing children across the border along with groups of smuggled strangers, attempting to pass the groups off as family units.  By bringing the children, the smugglers hoped to avoid detention if captured.

In order to provide a detention facility in which families could remain together while awaiting their proceedings, ICE acquired the existing T. Don Hutto Correctional Center through an Inter-Governmental Service Agreement with Williamson County, Texas.  Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) operates the 512-bed facility under a contract with Williamson County.

Key Advantages of the T. Don Hutto Family Residential Facility

  • The facility provides an avenue for residents to maintain family unity while ICE enforces immigration laws.
  • Family members are housed together in a “residential, non-secure” setting where they can interact with one another and other families.
  • Designated areas within the facility serve as classrooms for children and adults.  In accordance with state education requirements, all resident children receive classroom instruction taught by state-certified teachers, including (ESL) classes.
  • As a family shelter facility, interior doors remain unlocked; the staff is specially trained to interact with residents to identify potential emerging problems.
  • The facility operates in accordance with applicable ICE detention standards to ensure that families are safe and that specially trained personnel address their needs.  All facility staff members receive more than 24 hours of specialized training in dealing with children.
  • The facility is staffed with a robust complement of ICE officers to ensure thorough monitoring of operations.
  • The three daily meals are approved by certified dieticians.

Other T. Don Hutto Family Residential Facility Highlights

  • The U.S. Public Health Service operates the medical area, which includes a mental health staff.
  • The facility’s chaplain works with community volunteers to offer the residents the opportunity to worship and to strengthen family ties.
  • Adult classes are available in parenting, ESL, vocational classes, family counseling, art and crafts.
  • Residents are provided with t-shirts, sweat shirts and/or medical-style scrubs. (“Jail uniforms” are not worn).
  • Doors to individual family living areas provide ample privacy.  However, as appropriate for the unique mission of this facility, internal doors are not locked, facilitating maximum freedom of movement.

     

  • The general library contains more than 2,000 books, and the law library is available five days a week to residents.
  • The fully air-conditioned 75,000-square-foot facility accommodates 512 beds.
  • Natural light is available throughout the living areas and hallways.

The facility includes three large shaded pavilions outdoors and spacious outdoor play areas.  In addition, a full-size gymnasium is available with recreational activities including basketball, volleyball, handball, baseball, soccer, and ping-pong.

What, no honey-glazed chicken?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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