And the spending begins, to enforce an unrealistic attitude…
2,000-bed immigrant facility going up near Harlingen
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
Ground has been broken for a 2,000-bed detention center to help end the “catch and release” policy for non-Mexican illegal immigrants, federal officials said.
News of the facility comes just weeks after President Bush’s May 15 vow to continue to add detention space for immigrants awaiting hearings or deportation proceedings.
While Mexican illegal immigrants are quickly brought to the border and deported back to Mexico, immigrants from countries other than Mexico have routinely been processed by Customs and Border Protection officials and released with a notice to appear before an immigration judge at a later date.
The “catch and release” system has been blamed on a lack of detention space.
The planned $50 million facility would so far be the largest of five such facilities in Texas, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Nina Pruneda said in today’s edition of the weekly Raymondville Chronicle.