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    TX: ACLU suing on behalf of detained immigrant children

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/4606373.html

    March 6, 2007, 12:27PM
    ACLU suing on behalf of detained immigrant children


    By ANABELLE GARAY Associated Press Writer
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    DALLAS — Civil liberties and immigration advocates sued federal officials Tuesday on behalf of children confined to a highly criticized center for immigrant families awaiting possible deportation.

    The federal lawsuits, announced by the American Civil Liberties Union in Austin, focus on children held at the T. Don Hutto facility, a former prison in Taylor.

    Critics say Hutto inhumanely houses adults and young children in jail-like conditions. Families held at the center have complained of weight loss, subpar schooling and long waits for medical care. The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services have demanded the immediate closure of Hutto.

    "There is simply no justification for imprisoning innocent children who pose no threat to anyone," said Vanita Gupta, an attorney with the ACLU's Racial Justice Program.

    About half of the approximately 400 people held at Hutto are children, officials said. None of the children or adults at Hutto have criminal records.

    Many were sent there after seeking asylum in the United States and will face waits of more than 200 days.

    The 512-bed former state prison is operated by Corrections Corporation of America under a contract with Williamson County.

    A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to comment on the lawsuit but in a statement described the facility as a way "to humanely accommodate families with children who are detained as a result of ICE enforcing the immigration laws of the United States."

    Officials there are working with the women's commission and the Lutheran group, among others, to "identify family-specific detention standards," according to the statement.

    Immigration officials have described Hutto as a residential, nonsecure environment that keeps families together while they seek asylum, await deportation or seek other outcomes to their immigration cases.

    Officials say the facility is meant to end the "catch and release" practice that in the past permitted families in the U.S. illegally to remain free while awaiting a court hearing. Many never showed up in court; some borrowed other people's children and posed as families to avoid detention, ICE officials say.

    But critics say confining children contradicts a consent decree approved by the Supreme Court. They want immigration authorities to house minors in open settings such as shelters, foster homes or with relatives, and not in detention facilities.
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    Instead of detaining them, why aren't we deporting them?
    Build the dam fence post haste!

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    I saw one of those detention centers profiled on TV. They seems to be clean, provide private quarters for families. They are well fed, the kids have school classes. So the ACLU prefers the families be separated and the kids put in foster care while they're waiting for Deportation hearings??? From what I saw those detainees who are Mexican natives are only there for a matter of a few weeks.

    I will remember this when the OBL folks try to cry that deportation will separate families. Seems to me they are given every opportunity to keep their families together........right up to the points where they decide on their own whether they'll take their 'anchor babies" home with them.

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    If they would stop the appeals, then they could be deported immediately. Instead they appeal and appeal. It is their parents fault that they are held awaiting decisions. I object to having to pay the cost of them staying there when they should be returned to their own countries instead of wasting taxpayer money on appeals, medical care, schooling, and food.

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    Saw this story on Lou Dobbs today. He said the children there are NOT anchor babies. And, yes, it was the parents choice to bring their children here with them. The ACLU has really gone over the deep end on this situation, in my opinion of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jean
    Saw this story on Lou Dobbs today. He said the children there are NOT anchor babies. And, yes, it was the parents choice to bring their children here with them. The ACLU has really gone over the deep end on this situation, in my opinion of course.
    I saw that on Lou too. All the more reason to recognize the ACLU has gone beyond the pale AGAIN.

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    Immigration officials have described Hutto as a residential, nonsecure environment that keeps families together while they seek asylum, await deportation or seek other outcomes to their immigration cases.
    And Hutto facility is probably much cleaner and more sanitary than the homes the illegals left south of the border. I have not sympathy. They need to get them back across the border ASAP!

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    Judge decides to expedite case of immigrant children
    3/21/2007 10:08 AM
    By: Associated Press

    A federal judge in Austin will expedite the case of eight children confined to a highly criticized facility holding immigrant families.

    U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ruled Tuesday while hearing from attorneys for the children and the government.

    Civil liberties and immigration advocates this month sued on behalf of children at the T. Don Hutto facility in Taylor. Critics say the government inappropriately houses children in jail-like conditions at the former prison while their families await possible deportation.

    Psychologist Andrew Clark testified Tuesday that children at Hutto are likely to suffer trauma. The feds describe the facility as a way to humanely accommodate families with children who are detained as a result of enforcing immigration laws.

    The site is operated by Corrections Corporation of America under a contract with Williamson County

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