Town of Southwest Ranches, Corrections Corporation of American (CCA), and DHS / ICE want to build one of the largest immigration detention centers in the nation within walking distance of thousands of homes; thus, reducing the quality of our life and our community.
We do not believe spending federal tax dollars through a federal per diem payment to CCA and SWR is a valid use of tax dollars considering we are deficit spending with reckless abandon.
CCA has a history of lawsuits and grotesque human rights violations. Further, we do not believe our corporations should play any role in the immigration problems we face as a nation. Their involvement exacerbates the issue, builds in a monetary incentive to destroy the lives of families, and is not a constructive addition to any immigration reform solution.
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Friday, December 9, 2011Do Your Homework! Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware).
This article was submitted by noted anti prison activist Frank Smith and we thought it was worth posting. There’s a lot more great information about CCA and others on their site.
Jeff Nelson might have a “better” reason to try to convince residents that this development is inevitable.
The mayors of many cities, including Appleton, MN, Eloy, AZ and California City, CA, have found themselves with jobs at the CCA prisons they host.
CCA has also proven very generous to politicians that support them. Debbie Wasserman Schultz got $1,000 from their Political Action Committee this year, as did Mel Martinez and Johnnie Byrd. The corporation contributes millions annually to state, local and federal candidates. Rick Scott has been perhaps the largest beneficiary of for-profit prison industry largesse in the U.S.
CCA has already broken its word with the two towns, as it has with many others around the country. The original prison it intended to build was much smaller, but they’ve substantially ramped up the intended size. It is a prison, of course. The only difference between a prison and a “detention center” is the sign over the door. Prisons originally constructed or expanded for “detainees” have magically been transformed into places where the worst of the worst out-of-state convicts have been imported. This is a classic “bait and switch” tactic.
In order for such a facility to be approved by the feds, a National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) assessment needs to be made, to determine the effect of the proposed development on the community in question. CCA has avoided this requirement simply by ignoring it.
CCA has a long history of immensely overcharging those agencies with which it contracts and of avoiding taxes, one of the worst case scenarios being with the state of Florida where it billed for millions in unearned revenues. There is no reason to trust them about anything.
I wonder if a recall of the mayor isn’t in order? How many signatures would need to be gathered?
Neighbors, please understand why we will fight this thing until it’s dead. Look at the success in stopping Walmarts around the country. You are fighting a much more noble cause