CCA Robocall in Southwest Ranches (AUDIO)
People who picked up the phone were reportedly asked to press "1" if they supported the center, in which case they were automatically redirected to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office (her spokesman said 40 to 50 calls arrived in this manner yesterday).
If people didn't answer, they got the following voice mail (audio after the jump):
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This was recorded on the iPhone of a Southwest Ranches resident who got the call yesterday.
Meanwhile, Kathy Bird of the Florida Immigrant Coalition notes that robocalls opposing the center, created by her group as well as local residents, resulted in 150 calls to Wasserman Schultz's office in recent weeks.
Jonathan Beeton, Wasserman Schultz's communications director, says that her office treats all calls from constituents with equal weight, whether they're forwarded from a robocall or telemarketing campaign or not.
Also, another curious note: The voice mail says that the "processing center" will bring $450,000 a year to Southwest Ranches, but a 2005 resolution said the "town fee" would be $600,000 and possibly more. Other estimates bandied about by officials have reached $1 million a year. Is CCA lowering expectations as well as drumming up support?
On a related note, it should be a pretty eventful meeting Saturday from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. at the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines, where the two municipalities are holding a meeting with ICE and CCA officials.
Check out the following two fliers, the first from Pembroke Pines and the second from Southwest Ranches (which has been lobbying for the facility), and see which local government would rather have you attend:
Stefan Kamph is a New Times staff writer.
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