ICE Picks Southwest Ranches for New Immigrant Pen

Categories: Broward News
Some lucky folks in western Broward County are going to have a couple of thousand possible illegal immigrants as new neighbors soon.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it has "tentatively selected" Southwest Ranches, along with a private prison company, to build one of the largest joints for immigrants in the country.

ICE had taken in three proposals for the new facility -- one from Southwest Ranches and Corrections Corporation of America, another from Florida City and the GEO Group, and the last being Belle Glade in Palm Beach County, which could have replaced the Glades Correctional Institute.

"ICE has tentatively selected Southwest Ranches to be awarded an Intergovernmental Service Agreement (IGSA) for the operation and management of approximately 1800 beds for immigration detainees," ICE says in a statement. "At this time, ICE and Southwest Ranches continue to work through the details of this tentative selection. If and when a formal selection occurs, the appropriate notifications will be made."

According to documents filed with Broward County, Southwest Ranches' proposed facility would be placed off of Highway 27, toward the edge of the Everglades.

Here's how the Florida Independent described the proposed the facility in Southwest Ranches last month:

Many of the detainees would require lower levels of security and "dormitory"-style detention beds, meaning they are not expected to be dangerous criminals. Corrections Corporation documents describe a "casual atmosphere" that will allow for "detainee movement" and "general relaxation." The people detained in the facility would be able to watch television, do aerobics or play games like soccer, volleyball and dominoes (among other "enhanced indoor and outdoor recreational activities") while they wait for their deportation proceedings to unfold.
Southwest Ranches' filing with the county describes the facility as "non-penal in nature" and would promote a relaxed atmosphere -- whatever that's supposed to mean.

Officials say construction costs for a facility "might be" $100 million to $200 million.

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There are many homes in this area, and those of us that live there are going to fight this with all we have.  This facility does not belong here in a residential and agricultural zone.    Whoever is behind this must be exposed.  What are SW Ranches and Pembroke Pines mayors doing about this?  Are they fighting against this or are they the ones that brought this here for "revenue" enhancement to their coffers ?This country has a problem with illegal immigration because of open and unsecure borders.  The Obama regme has failed in their constitutional duties to protect and secure the borders, and to uphold federal law.  Instead the criminal Obama invites whoards of illegals to enter the country and  steal from the taxpayers.  Now there are so many illegals here they dont have enough room to store them.  Instead of pitching tents in the desert and housing these criminals in a POW like compound, they want to house them in a million dollar hotel next to schools, businesses and homeowners.And what does our useless state and federal representatives have to say about this.  Are they going to help us fight this ?  Where is wasserman schultz on this ? (I know the answer-nothing)  How about the other guy Nelson ?  Hey Rubio-what are you doing to stop this ?As if we havn't lost enough in our property values , a facility like this will make our homes unsellable.  Thanks for nothing whoever is behind this.Hey Sun Sentinel-I ask you to expose the people behind this prison and put our city, state and federal officials on firing line about this.Fed up with illegals, an incompetent government, and Obama.


I hope we take the money from the foreign aid we give Mexico


The concept and subsequent construction of such a facility raises a myriad of questions. Will the housing units be strictly sexualy segregated- or will family units be built? What type and manner  of government police protection? Since residents are detainees and not prisoners per se, what would be the accomodation for sexual activity?


More proof that illegal immigration is big business. Waiting for the jailbreaks by airboat.


We should first fill it with all the company owners who are employing them.


If modeled after the Krome SPC facility in Miami, only males will be housed that have either comitted  no crime or a misdeameanor. The female and children will continue to be housed in local hotels for a very short stay. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) oversee the operations of the facility but it is staffed with unarmed, trained, private security (custody officers) officers. There is NO sexual activity allowed. The current private security firm now employing custody officers at the Krome Service Processing Center (SPC) is Doyon/Akal J.V. 

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