Feds Building Huge Immigrant Residential Center in Texas

by Veronica Coffin on September 26, 2014



Will provide medical care, play rooms, education, social workers, and legal counsel


By Bradford Thomas

In what appears to be a signal that the federal government is expecting the unprecedented influx of immigrants across the southern border to continue, a fourth immigration housing center is scheduled to open in south Texas in November. This particularly large facility is designed to hold 2,400 immigrants, geared specifically for families, and will provide “medical care, play rooms, social workers, educational services, and access to legal counsel.”

Fox News Latino reports:

ICE will operate the residential facility when it opens in November in Dilley, Texas, about 70 miles southwest of San Antonio. It will house immigrant adults with children caught entering the country illegally.

The South Texas Family Residential Center will be the fourth such facility, three of which have opened in recent months following a surge in the number of immigrant families crossing the Southwest border. It’s meant to expedite their return to their home countries and deter others from embarking on the journey, according to a statement from ICE. Other centers have opened in Karnes City and Artesia, New Mexico. There had been one existing facility for immigrant families in Leesport, Pennsylvania.

The Dilley center initially will house 480 people and will eventually hold 2,400. The facility, like others for families, will provide medical care, social workers, educational services and access to legal counsel, according to ICE.

Despite ICE’s claim that these detention centers are somehow supposed to “deter” more immigrants from crossing, the very fact the feds continue to build more seems to indicate they do not see the flood of immigrants stopping anytime soon.

A major reason: the broken “processing” system, which more often than not results in the federal government losing track of those who come here illegally. Illegal immigrants are held at facilities like the Dilley center until ICE is able to process them, at which point they come under the care of Health and Human Services. HHS then provides the immigrants food, shelter, and medical care for children, and connects them with sponsors who house them until their immigration proceedings.

However, most illegal immigrants fail to ever show up to their hearings, and the federal government does not bother attempting to track them down. In recent Texas hearing, 90% of the immigrant children required to come to the proceedings failed to show. And so the steady stream of immigrants into “the shadows” of society continues.



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