Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Battle for Southwest Ranches
I just wanted to give a brief update on the ongoing struggle over an unpopular immigration detention center in Southwest Ranches, FL. After some legal wrangling, the town of Davie has agreed to provide fire and emergency medical services for the hotly contested facility, stepping in after commissioners in Pembroke Pines heeded the calls of their constituents and canceled the service contract they had signed with ICE. Davie Council Members did this without seeking public comment, probably because they knew the community would not approve of the decision. Along with this decision, it was revealed that the proposed size for the facility has nearly doubled; what was originally going to be a 1,500 bed facility now could house up to 2,500 immigrant detainees, because more brown people = more money for CCA. Southwest Ranches eagerly hopped on board, approving the contract Davie signed, which puts the once-threatened construction back on track.