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‘Nobody’ in Pembroke Pines wants proposed immigration detention center, commissioner says

Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo tells The Florida Independent that as an immigrant and an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform he abhors the proposed immigration detention center to be built on a lot surrounded by his city.

Florida residents buck proposed immigration detention center

By | 11.07.11 | 12:23 pm | More from The Florida Independent

About 250 southwest Broward residents attended a Saturday meeting in the city of Pembroke Pines to tell local and federal officials, as well as prison industry executives, that they don’t want an immigration detention center built in their area.

Meeting between ICE, activists over jail to be monitored by reps for Wasserman Schultz, private prison firm

By | 11.04.11 | 6:31 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Two staff members from the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Pembroke Pines, will be at tomorrow’s meeting between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and residents of southwest Broward County, at which they will discuss an immigration detention center scheduled to be built nearby. A representative from the Corrections Corporation of More…

ICE will meet with opponents of detention center, but private prison contractor not attending

By | 11.03.11 | 2:24 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Pembroke Pines elected officials confirmed that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and residents of Southwest Ranches and Pembroke Pines will meet this Saturday to discuss a proposed immigration detention center.

Immigration, private prison officials to meet with residents opposing Fla. detention center

By | 10.28.11 | 10:48 am | More from The Florida Independent

The Southwest Ranches Town Council announced Thursday night that a meeting between Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Corrections Corporation of America and Broward County residents who oppose a proposed immigrant detention center will be held on Nov. 5.

Residents Against SW Ranches ICE Detention Center wrote last night:

The Southwest Ranches


Opponents of privately run immigration detention center in Florida say it was kept secret

By | 10.04.11 | 12:54 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Pembroke Pines residents who have actively opposed the construction of a privately run immigration detention center in their community now argue they have been kept out of specific agreements between Southwest Ranches officials and their city.

Ryann Greenberg, a resident of Pembroke Pines and a member of More…

Advocates call for repeal of mandatory detention provision in law signed by Clinton

By | 09.29.11 | 3:15 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Detention Watch Network today launched its “Dignity, Not Detention” campaign, calling on Congress to repeal the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, which mandates the detention of undocumented immigrants. The law was signed by President Clinton 15 years ago this week.

Andrea Black, executive director of More…

Prison lobbyists used millions in pressuring state lawmakers to adopt Arizona-like immigration laws

By | 05.16.11 | 12:38 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

Private for-profit prison companies spend millions of dollars every year lobbying at the local, state and federal levels for stricter immigration laws and enforcement.

The largest such company, Corrections Corporation of America, spent more than $18 million on such activities between 1999 and 2009, reports Fox News.

The company is More…

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A year after review, immigrant detainees still treated like prisoners

By | 10.18.10 | 6:00 am

On Sunday, Pedro Perez Guzman will miss his son’s fourth birthday. Guzman, 30, has been in immigration detention since Sept. 28, 2009, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents appeared out of nowhere and handcuffed him for deportation.

[Immigration1] When his wife Emily — a native-born American citizen — and


Groups Criticize ICE for Slow Movement on Detention Reform

By | 10.12.10 | 6:20 pm

I missed this last week, but three immigrant rights groups came out with a report last Wednesday grading Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s progress on its promised reform of the immigrant detention system. The main problem, according to critics of the system, is that detention centers are too much More…