Skip to comments.New policy keeps detention center busy
Posted on 03/31/2006 10:07:59 PM PST by txroadkill
As more non-Mexicans cross border, agency changes release rules
PEARSALL, Texas Except for the 10-foot-high security fence topped with barbed wire and the concrete barriers at the front door, the institutional gray complex in a former farm field along Interstate 35 could pass for a new high school.
To immigration officials, South Texas Detention Center is simply a part of the nation's effort to efficiently detain illegal immigrants pending deportation.
To critics, it's a prison by another name and an example of increasing erosion of civil rights for immigrants.
At the heart of the debate is the Department of Homeland Security's policy of expedited removal to address the dramatic increase in the number of immigrants crossing illegally particularly those from countries other than Mexico.
Last year, some 135,000 "other than Mexicans," or OTMs, were apprehended in Texas. Most were released on their own recognizance pending deportation hearings. But 90 percent failed to show up for their hearing dates, disappearing into the U.S. interior.
Eleanor Arce of Human Rights First, a New York-based immigrants rights organization, calls expedited removal "a flawed system with no meaningful safeguards to prevent deportation of an asylum seeker with a valid claim."
"It essentially gives an immigration officer the power to issue a deportation order, not a judge," she said.
But Marc Moore, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention and removal for a 54-county area in South Texas, disagrees.
"We're not in the incarceration business," he said. But "we don't want people to believe they have free access to our borders. So our goal is to move people out in as short a time as possible and do so without trampling on their legal rights."
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Mr. Chertoff has vowed that all catch-and-release will end by October, largely through the rapid increase in detention space. In fiscal 2006, Homeland Security's appropriations bill provided for the construction of 1,920 new detention beds. By fiscal 2007, the White House wants an additional $400 million for 6,700 new beds to bring the total to 27,500 by the end of the year.
I don't really see the flaw in being able to kick them out of our country faster.
I don't see anything wrong with building tent detention centers like Sheriff Arpaio's in Arizona. We didn't ask them to come so they should just get along with a detention facility we provide.
If by critic we mean the opinion of someone who can't tell the difference between an immigrant and a criminal.
My wild guess here is that not a single person involuntarily in that prison has made the required effort to comply with the U.S. laws that are required to allow him to call himself an immigrant.
So, do we or don't we still have catch-and-release policies? Looks like the answer is that it depends upon where the OTM gets caught!
"For those who make a claim for asylum, the process just grows longer," he added.
Well, Javier, you don't suppose the lengthed process has anything to do with lawyers clogging the courts with bogus asylum claims, do you?
You go on to decry a one-size fits all policy. Yet Liberals are so fond of one-size fits all when it comes to public schools, medical care and a host of other big gubmint solutions.
If it were up to me, we would have a detention camp the full length of the Mexican border with a secure 15 foot high fence on the U.S. side and a 3 foot joke of a fence on the Mexican side.
Non-Mexican migrants 'rent a family' to avoid deportation
Migrants sneaking illegally into the United States from countries other than Mexico are renting families -- mostly small children -- to ensure that if they are apprehended, they won't be deported, but released back into the United States, a top immigration official said yesterday.
The "rent-a-family" scheme, said John P. Torres, director of the Office of Detention and Removal at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is being used by alien smugglers along the U.S.-Mexico border -- mainly in Texas -- to circumvent a new expedited-removal program for non-Mexican aliens, whose arrest under existing deportation policies had become known as "catch-and-release."
"They are passing themselves off as a family, paying to have children smuggled with them across the border, because the smugglers know we're not going to break up a family for the deportation process," Mr. Torres said. "They're renting babies -- the younger the better -- including those not yet of speaking age. They get processed as a family and released together, under the law, pending an immigration hearing."
If this statement weren't so sad it would be laughable. That is precisely what our government wants. Every nation on earth has free access to our borders because our treasonous politicians have decreed it. And our stupid citizens who put party before country tell us how good illegal immigration is.
One Mexican professor in Arlington, Texas has already declared that they intend to start with killing off the old white gringos - then go from there. The Mexicans are not here to work they are here to colonize our land. And still the stupid people are silent. Just as long as the Bush family wants it it's OK with them.
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