Southwest Ranches Town Attorney on ICE Jail: "The Less We Say the Better Off We Will Be"

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On June 7, Southwest Ranches Town Attorney Keith Poliakoff sent an email to (now deceased) Town Administrator Charlie Lynn, town staffers, and his consulting and lobbying colleagues. The email urged town leaders to maintain a "cone of silence" about a proposed 1,800-bed immigrant detention center in Southwest Ranches to avoid growing public unrest.

"The sharks are beginning to circle," wrote Poliakoff, apparently referring to local opposition to the facility, which has grown in recent weeks despite the project's being in the works for more than a decade.

He wrote that "we should remain fully quiet" and that "if [Lynn] gets a ton of calls we will issue a carefully crafted press release, but until then, the less we say the better off we will be."

Read the complete email, and Poliakoff's comments, after the jump. 

From: Poliakoff, Keith 
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2011 12:00 PM
To: Charles Lynn; 'Cheryl Williams'; 'Ivy Fivey'
Cc: Michele Mellgren (michele@TMPGplanning.com); jeff@TMPGplanning.com; 'Dave Tringo';elizabeth@TMPGplanning.com; 'Willie Nabong'; Franco, Omar
Subject: Re: Cone of Silence for CCA Facility

All:

As you know we are in the final months to see if we can land the new Federal Immigration Facility.  Florida City is flipping over all stones to try to take the lead, but their strategy with the press is actually backfiring since residents are now comming (sic) out in opposition to the Florida City proposal, which will inevitably cause Homeland Security to shy away from their site since they do not want controversy right now.  Further an immigration facility in Dade will not get much fanfare.

As you probably have seen we have remained incredibly quiet and have been working diligently with our legislative leaders on this matter without pushing the press angle.

As such, I have been fully advised by our DC contacts that we should remain fully quiet on this one and to let our DC Leaders help without sparking a fire that will make it more difficult for them to assist.

Accordingly, if you get any calls on this, which you certainly will since the sharks are beginning to circle, I would appreciate it if you could direct anyone to speak to Charlie Lynn.  If he gets a ton of calls we will issue a carefully crafted press release, but until then, the less we say the better off we will be.

I know Mayor Nelson fielded a few basic questions from the Sentinel, which should release a small story later today.

Regards: Keith

Reached by email for a response, Poliakoff repeated a point he had made in a council meeting, saying that "there is nothing new to provide/discuss at this point." He writes that "there has never been an attempt to keep the residents uninformed, rather, as my email suggested, the Town sought to create one point of contact to keep the residents informed as to the actual facts and not to conjecture."

He also says that any information that is released now and any further deliberations aren't strictly required. "In short, after being thoroughly vetted for over 14 years, CCA [private prison contractor Corrections Corporation of America, with which the town hopes to have a revenue-sharing plan] could pull a building permit to build this project tomorrow, as of right [now].

"Despite the fact that it could be built tomorrow," he continues, "the Town has respectfully requested a public meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whereby the Town hopes to create a forum whereby all residents can ask any additional questions they may have concerning this facility."

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Also of note: Last night both CNBC and PBS Frontline aired documentaries about the large and increasingly controversial private prison industry. Frontline's "Lost in Detention" focuses on ICE's deportation process and some reported abuses at the Willacy ICE detention facility in Texas (now taken over by the bureau of prisons). It notes the expansion of privately run detention facilities (here's a map), including six planned new ones that are supposed to provide a "less prison-like" atmosphere for detainees waiting to be deported. 

Will the next one be in Southwest Ranches? The people who live there are bound to find out sooner or later.

Watch Lost in Detention on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.



Stefan Kamph is a New Times staff writer.
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jaquebauer
jaquebauer

The Communists Wasserman Schultz and Bill Nelson must removed from office.  These Marxist followers have penned their names in support of the largest prison of is lined to be built next to homes, schools, and parks in the Pembroke Pines/SW Ranches communities.

If Washington did its job and these two elected representatives did theirs, their would be no need for a prison of this kind, because their would be no illegals in this country.  The Democrats (Communists) have hijacked the Constitution and willingly refuse to enforce standing federal immigration law.

Nelson and Wasserman Schultz do not care about the residents that are impacted by this prison as they are going to make millions in graft and payoffs for insuring this unneeded prison is built in our front yards.

There should be no detention center, as it is not needed . These criminals should be removed the day they are caught, shot on site, or given a cyanide pill.    No need to house feed and care for these criminals--only a hole in the ground is needed.

The criminals in the Federal Government, like Eric holder, Janet Napalitano, and Obama,  who fail to enforce immigration  law under the constitution should be impeached.   These Communists are enablers and act as hosts to the illegal criminals;

Illegals are criminals.  Criminals are to be dealt with under the law.  A lawless society is a criminal society.  Therefore Obama is the president of a criminal society, quite fitting for him, as he is a communist and subversive thug.

Our local representatives in Washington, the Communists Wasserman Schultz and Bill Nelson must removed from office.  These Marxist followers have penned their names in support of this facility, the  largest prison of is kind to be built next to homes, schools, and parks in the Pembroke Pines/SW Ranches communities.If Washington did its job and these two elected representatives did theirs, their would be no need for a prison of this kind, because their would be no illegals in this country.  The Democrats (Communists) have hijacked the Constitution and willingly refuse to enforce standing federal immigration law.Nelson and Wasserman Schultz do not care about the residents that are impacted by this prison as they are going to make millions in graft and payoffs for insuring this unneeded prison is built in our front yards.

Next is the criminals in the SW Ranches city Government, who planned this under our noses.  This was done secretly. as they too will make millions in paybacks and graft for facilitating the placement of this prison in our front yards.  These demented city leaders must be recalled, tarred and feathered.  I suspect they have violated state and federal law in their underhanded dealings with the prison owners.  This suspicion demands a full criminal investigation be conducted by the Florida AG office.   Every crook has his day.  The SW Ranches Mayor and City Manager have betrayed the citizens of this rural community.   They are now on notice.

Mig26x
Mig26x

whats funny is that this piece of cra$ doesnt mention that a meeting with ICE is going to take place because congresswoman DSW sent a letter to the mayor of SWR asking for him to make a meeting with ICE and the town!!

 

Rockstar1
Rockstar1

Stefan, some basic fact checking goes a long way. The facility is approved for 1500 beds not 1800 beds.

Mig26x
Mig26x

Thank god there's democracy in america!!! (sarcasm).  This piece of trash had some cruel intentions with this email.  He's correct with one thing, the sharks have waken up and they are hungry!!! 

janesdobbs
janesdobbs

Poliakoff needs to be in JAIL!  He has done nothing but create this atmosphere by holding back information when people go to the Council meetings for answers.  He has manipulated everyone in SWR!!  Maybe he will be investigated by the FEDS when this is all over!!

Judge Roy Bean
Judge Roy Bean

This is nothing more than a few people making up thier mind what is good for the rest of us. Keep it quite, don't wake the sleeping giant. If you do we will not get our way. You wonder what the real motivation is? Could it to be to line someone's pocket? Who own's (owned) the land? Will the cone be lifted so we can all find the truth?  Remember the last person who was here to help us in SW Ranches.  I think he is still in jail.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

When I imagine a weasel taking the shape of a person, that mugshot of PissMeOff comes to mind.

Notprisontown
Notprisontown

Mr. Poliakoff is 100% correct.  They could build tomorrow BASED ON THE EXISTING plat notes.  But they won't because it wouldn't meet current ICE specifications and CCA would be left with a prison and no customer.   The are prohibited from housing high security prisoners, for example.  That's of no use to ICE.

This is why under the cover of darkness the week between Christmas and New Year last year they noticed a public meeting on the subject in some obscure newspaper and that on January 6th of 2011, the Town Council approved a doubling of the size of the facility among other things.  However, a few very competent Broward County bureaucrats read over the plat amendment that they needed to approve and posed questions so challenging to Poliakoff, the private prison corporation, and the selfish HOA Presidents that the plat amendment request was ultimately withdrawn.  Probably, because public hearings would be required and well... the sharks are circling.

Mr. Poliakoff, the sharks have found their voice.  Thank you for being so outrageous and contemptuous of we working moms and dads.   I suggest that you never ever use a prop from a Get Smart episode as a major strategic focus for your campaign, i.e. something as stupid as a "cone of silence."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Bill Di ScipioResidents Against SW Ranches ICE Detention Center

P.S. I wonder who Mr. Poliakoff meant when he referenced "..we have remained incredibly quiet and have been working diligently with our legislative leaders... ...we should remain fully quiet on this one and to let our DC Leaders help without sparking a fire that will make it more difficult for them to assist."

Somehow, I think he's talking about our local Congresswoman from FL-20.

janesdobbs
janesdobbs

Please email me @ notprisontown@gmail.com!!  Thank you!  Your comments are on point!!

janesdobbs
janesdobbs

Mtg with ICE will be on NOV 5th @ 10 am, Location TBD.  Email notprisontown@gmail.com to get on our email list!!

Mig26x
Mig26x

nah!! you dont want a rat as your city attorney!!

This guy is the lowest piece of @#$# in broward!!!

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

“ICE has tentatively selected Southwest Ranches to be awarded an Intergovernmental Service Agreement (IGSA) for the operation and management of approximately 1,800 beds for immigration detainees,” ICE spokesman Ivan Ortíz-Delgado wrote in an e-mail message.http://www.miamiherald.com/201...

Also, in January, the town council voted to raise capacity to a maximum of 2,200 beds: http://southwestranches.org/Re...

Thanks for reading, Rockstar.

janesdobbs
janesdobbs

The only person who would ultimately benefit from this Detention Center would be CCA.  Not the Town, Not the Residents surrounding the area.  CCA is has billions of dollars and could care less about how this impacts us.  Bottom line is we need to rise up and stop this so that CCA will go away.  Join us!! http://www.facebook.com/swranc...

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

The Corrections Corporation of America already owns the land, and has since 1997. When Southwest Ranches did a feasibility study before incorporating in 2000, they sucked up the property for tax assessments even though it's not contiguous with the rest of the town. It's been a supposed cash cow for them from the beginning. In KP's own words, "...the ad valorem taxes realized... were an important factor in demonstrating the Town's future economic viability."

Rockstar1
Rockstar1

Stefan: I actually looked up what you wrote, and you and the Herald are incorrect.  The CCA site is only approved for 1500 beds.  They wanted to increase it to more, but withdrew their application.  So regardless of what ICE may be looking for, they are limited to the 1500 beds previously approved.

Judge Roy Bean
Judge Roy Bean

I still see a lack of Sun Shine, or do they now call it The Cone Of Silence. Something smells with the whole deal.

janesdobbs
janesdobbs

 Yet, SWR is not taxing that portion of land since it is being kept as "Agricultural" so as to avoid paying taxes on the land.  It's in the CCA/SWR Contract.

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