The CCA also runs the T. Don Hutto Residential Center which, thankfully, no longer houses immigrant families. When it did, it was the focus of an ACLU lawsuit due to its treatment of detained families. The lawsuit went to settlement in 2007.
“To call it a family residential center is to mask what’s going on,” said Vanita Gupta, a lawyer with the A.C.L.U. “They may be cleaning up conditions, but at the end of the day it still begs the question of why they are using such a Draconian system.”
“At Hutto, we found prisonlike conditions imposed on families with no criminal background, including asylum seekers,” said Michelle Brané, a lawyer for the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service who co-authored a report on family detention to be released on Feb. 22.
Barbara Hines, clinical professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin who runs an immigration clinic and has visited clients inside, said Friday that “I don’t think children should be incarcerated at all.”
The law required the government to hold families in the least restrictive conditions possible, Ms. Hines said, adding, “I was shocked, and I have been doing this 30 years.”
It is clear that the CCA sees immigrants as little more than a paycheck.
Update: I almost missed this. Yay Chris and No More Deaths!