ICE and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) plan to build a massive immigration detention center in the Town of Southwest Ranches, just 30 minutes from Miami, FL. With 1,500 beds, this prison will be one of the largest in the country.
Since it hit the news last summer, immigrant rights’ advocates, residents and even environmentalists in South Florida, have voiced a strong and growing opposition against this new facility. The community has called on U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-20) to withdraw their current endorsements for CCA’s project. The controversy has grown to the point that the neighboring City of Pembroke Pines cut off the water that CCA needs for this development.
The will of the people has fallen on deaf ears. ICE, CCA and the Town of Southwest Ranches keep moving forward with the project.
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The Southwest Ranches center is one of several facilities that ICE seeks to build throughout the country, in partnership with for-profit prison giants like CCA and the GEO Group, notorious for neglect and abuse of detainees.
Why does ICE need more immigration detention centers? There are already approximately 34,000 beds in the U.S., and 2,400 in Florida alone. Furthermore, ICE has already deported over 1 million immigrants since 2009, and the vast majority posed no threat to society.
Expanding costly immigration detention will only benefit for-profit companies while tearing more families apart. The Obama Administration announced a change in their priorities for detentions and deportations, to focus on real national security concerns, not on separating parents from their children or deporting DREAMers who are only seeking a better future.
It’s time for ICE to stop the immigrant money making machine and tell CCA to GO AWAY.