New Southwest Ranches Admin Will Need to Tackle Deal for ICE Detention Facility

Categories: Broward News
Stefan Kamph
Citizens protest a planned ICE facility earlier this month.
It always sucks to inherit a mess when you take office -- just ask Barack Obama. The new town administrator of Southwest Ranches, whoever he or she may be, won't be inheriting two wars and a failed economy (well, maybe the economy part) but will have to face a wave of growing unease with the planned presence of an 1,800-bed immigrant jail in the community's borders.

Southwest Ranches is made up mostly of large lots and rural, equestrian-styled properties. Former Town Administrator Charlie Lynn died in July, and now the town council is looking for a new administrator, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

"We are a little different," Councilman Doug McKay told the paper. "We're an equestrian community with less than 10,000 people. People here want to be left alone. They don't want code enforcement at all. But it's a necessary evil."

Also a necessary evil, perhaps, is the $1 million up-front and 3 to 4 percent "town fee" that private prison builder Corrections Corporation of America agreed to pay Southwest Ranches for the right to build a prison there, in a resolution passed by the town council back in 2005.

The terms of that resolution are an interesting read:
2005 Southwest Ranches Resolution supporting Immigration Detention Center

In recent weeks, protests have mounted against the planned facility. CCA already owns the plot of land for the detention facility, but final terms will need to be ironed out now that ICE has selected Southwest Ranches' bid over competing municipalities.

But first, the council needs to face another issue: finally moving into a real city hall after 11 years. Currently, officials run the town out of a pair of trailers on SW 160th Avenue.

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This prison will be one of the largest Immigration Detention Center in the country, it will bring all the protests and controversy that an Immigration Detention Center brings.No studies have been done when it comes to the environment, traffic/roads, safety, protests, etc.  There are 4 public schools close to a mile from this future site and Broward County Schools doesn’t provide bus transportation to any child that lives within “2” miles of a schoolI invite residents of West Pines, West SWR and SW Weston to watch a documentary called “Billions Behind Bar” it talks about CCA and the influence they have.SWR is striking a deal with the Devil and we the residents in the area are "collateral damage” of greed.


who wants to be part of southwest ranches? also known as jail town!!!


what a dream job. stuck between morality, NIMBY (with an occasional dash of xenophobia), & a "hard place," AKA the private prison industry.


important and useful info here, thanks a lot.

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