Pines City Commission passes Resolution to the POTUS
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 The Pembroke Pines City Commission passed the resolution to the President of the United States, Barak Obama last week by a unanimous vote. This resolution was several months in the making and is in direct response to the community outrage from the Southwest Ranches ICE Detention center plans. The Resolution represents approximately 90,000 residents and is a call to the President to step in and stop this facility from being placed so close to homes and schools.
In addition, there appears to be movement away from Senator Nelsons previous letter of support for the ICE Facility with questions asked of ICE if this facility is in fact necessary. He asks ICE officials “Can you demonstrate that you need a new ICE facility in addition to the sheriff’s facilities in Baker, Wakulla, Glades, Monroe, Collier, and Orange Counties?” He sites the large financial investment that these local governments have entered into “based on assurances from the Department of Homeland Security that the agency would continue to need their services.” If ICE is in fact unable to substantiate their claims that a new facility is necessary, this could be reason that Senator Nelson withdraws his support.