Debbie Wasserman Schultz Tells Radio Host Her Endorsement of CCA Prison Still Stands

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote a letter (see below) in April to ICE Director Gary Mead indicating her support for the proposed immigrant detention facility that private contractor CCA wants to build in Southwest Ranches.

Today, she went on the radio with WIOD-AM (610) host Jimmy Cefalo. Toward the end of the interview, he passed on a listener's question about whether she would rescind the endorsement in light of increased opposition to the facility. 

She politely said no, repeated the point that the land had been zoned for a jail since before Southwest Ranches took it over, and said all she wants is to let people's opinions be heard.

Audio after the jump. Also: Did Keith Poliakoff write that letter for her?

For the audio, check out a blog maintained by the anti-prison residents who encouraged people to call in for the congresswoman's appearance.

Whether citizens' opinions will have any bearing on the outcome is uncertain. Cefalo pressed Wasserman Schultz to confirm that the thing is basically built at this point, and although she didn't go that far, she didn't indicate any willingness to dispute its approval.

"There are a lot worse impacts that could be built there right now without any approvals at all," she said, echoing a point made to the Pulp earlier by the town's lawyer, Keith Poliakoff.

Wasserman Schultz also referenced that April letter that she wrote, "a cursory letter of support," as she called it. And speaking of Poliakoff, there's strong evidence to suggest that his firm had a heavy hand in drafting an early version of that letter.

See Wasserman Schultz's letter from April 8:

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And here's a draft of that letter that was sent on March 10, about a month earlier, from Poliakoff to then-Town Administrator Charlie Lynn and Mayor Jeff Nelson (to Nelson's personal email account):

Mr. ___________
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
500 12th Street, S.W. 
Washington D.C., 20536-5705

Re: Statement of Objectives, Request for IGSA Concept Proposal: Miami

I am writing in support of the application submitted by the Town of Southwest Ranches, Broward County, Florida, in response to the Statement of Objectives, Request for IGSA Concept Proposal: Miami, which has been issued  by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE").

The Town of Southwest Ranches' site is an ideal location for a new ICE detention facility.  The site, which is boarded by a maximum security woman's prison, a future Broward County prison, a land fill, the Everglades, and an industrial area, would have no deleterious impacts on the surrounding community.  

The site is boarded by two major arterial roadways including United States Highway Route U.S. 27 and State Road 822, a six lane divided State Roadway commonly known as Sheridan Street.  As such, none of the facilities traffic will impact any local roadways.

This locations meets all of the requirements identified by the Statement of Objects including the fact that it is readily accessible to three international airports, is close to the ICE Field Offices, Krome Detention Center, numerous medical facilities, and is readily accessible via numerous ground transportation options including bus, Amtrak and Tri-Rail, allowing families convenient access to detainees.    

In addition, and most significantly, this nearly $100 million dollar project is one-hundred percent privately funded and will immediately stimulate jobs and economic growth.  Over the next eighteen months the project is estimated to create more than 1,000 full-time construction jobs, and upon completion will directly create 314 full-time staff positions in addition to the countless number of jobs that will be bourn by the ancillary services.

Most significantly, this project will stimulate job growth in South Florida by creating more than 1,000 full-time jobs during the 18-month construction of this facility.  Upon completion, this facility will create 314 full-time staff positions and employ over 300 additional men and women for ancillary services, such as food preparation and laundry services.  

This site, which has been vetted at over nine public meetings, has the unanimous support of the local municipality, and the consent of the neighboring municipality, the City of Pembroke Pines.
 
I, therefore, respectfully urge you select the Town of Southwest Ranches for ICE's newest Detention Faculty.
Sincerely,

Member of Congress



Stefan Kamph is a New Times staff writer.
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Mari Mondelo
Mari Mondelo

PS.  I cannot write via email to Mrs. Debbie Wasserman Schultz because MY ZIPCODE does not belong to her DISTRICT, BUT she can decide to give her blessings to a PRISON STRUCTURE, in an area that is a couple of blocks away from my house, an area that she does not have to see every day, an area that affects over 35,000 people (population of My ZipCode).THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE!!!!

Mari Mondelo
Mari Mondelo

The citizens of Pembroke Pines, the ones that pay taxes, from which roads, firedepartments and many other things that make this site SO APPELING to CCA, do not want a prison in our backyard. Sheridan street is used by ALL the Pembroke Pines' citizens that work in Miami and get to work via US27. If you and Mrs. Debbie Wasserman Schultz do not understand our point, time will tell what the cost of this action would have on Mrs. Wasserman Schultz political career. If I was working in the team of Senator Nelson, I will be looking for the "team player" that failed to convey to Senator Nelson the reality of the site proposed  by CCA. If everything is/was in order...why meetings were held in closed doors? why the citizens of Southwest Ranches and Pembroke Pines were not notified about the prison plans untill last minute? Why everything has been such a big secret?.Perhaps Mrs. Debbie Wasserman Schultz cares to answer the above questions.

Sincerely,

Mari MondeloPembroke Pines Resident

Residents Against Immigrant Pr
Residents Against Immigrant Pr

Conspiracy,

Are you seriously that much of a head case?  I suggest you gently back yourself away from your keyboard before you post again.  You clearly can't be trusted alone with a computer.

Bill Di Scipio

Jillaronofsky
Jillaronofsky

As a RESIDENT of SWR, I will actively campaign for her opponent evn though I supported her all these years. This is a high densely populated area with four public schools in close proximity. Public school children will be walking past this MONSTER. I guess she never heard of REZONING

janesdobbs
janesdobbs

What, is the Congresswoman getting her talking points directly from Poliakoff?? How does this Town Lawyer have all these connections??  This does not bode well for the representation we deserve of our law makers...

"There are a lot worse impacts that could be built there right now without any approvals at all," she said, echoing a point made to the Pulp earlier by the town's lawyer, Keith Poliakoff.

Residents Against Immigrant Pr
Residents Against Immigrant Pr

Does your moderator have any intention of cleaning up this hate speech and the subtle threats of violence against the Congresswoman?  This disgusts me.

Bill Di Scipio

glass slipper
glass slipper

This zionist pig Wasserman Shitz needs to be waterboarded and sent to Guantanamo as she is is a domestic enemy of the United States of America!

Why is she against Ron Pauls involvement of the Republican Presidential Jew debate in Texas?

 I believe it is because the Good Dr. Ron Paul is against spending another United States Taxpayers dime on Israel and this alone ties this fugly skanks  putrid panties into a knot.

Mrey2371
Mrey2371

She is not a moron?  Have any of you taken a ride out there to see this site?  There's a giant dump out there and a prison! 

Sriser1
Sriser1

She is a Moron, (with a capital "M".

randy
randy

You could land an emergency helicopter on debbie big wide ass

Susan
Susan

Here is a comprehensive email list to contact our state and congressional representatives, Broward County Commissioners and School Board, Pembroke Pines Commissioners, SWR Town Council and much more info!

http://www.noprisonswr.org/p/h...

Children
Children

Please ask the children to refrain from walking to school on US-27.

Riverhouse
Riverhouse

Pretty unbelievale that a small town attorney has this much political power. Janesdobbs, your posting is better than any advertisement he could purchase. Quite frankly I would hire him based upon your post. Although I live in FTL this seems like sour grapes to me, and it appears that you are upset that you lost this battle and even more upset that you didn't have anyone as powerful on your team. are you that naive as to how politics really work?

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

Good question, Bill. This discussion has certainly taken a nasty turn. But readers are allowed to express an opinion, even if they're making ignorant statements, like questioning a politician's patriotism because her religion or a writer's heritage based on his name. Anyway, as long as the comments don't express an explicit threat, libel, or other violation of our terms of use, we leave them up.

That said, I'd encourage a bit of decency from previous commenters, because we could sure use it these days in political discussions.

M Reyes
M Reyes

What is the difference between your lies, Bill, and hate speech?  Drop the hero act.  This is what your lying conjures up - bottom feeders - just like you.

janesdobbs
janesdobbs

 Quite the mouth you have... Lucky for you we have Freedom of Speech in the US, but take heed that to speak hate will cost you dearly.  If you can speak intelligently to your point instead of using such hateful words, I think that would be a more productive use of your existence....  I feel very sorry for you...that you have to resort to words of hate and violence on someone to get your point across...

Notprisontown
Notprisontown

Take a look at google earth.  There's 500 houses adjacent to 196th.  There's a $120MM state of the art A rated High School about 1.2 miles from the site. Mrey, why tell half truths?  Is that all that your side has going for it?

janesdobbs
janesdobbs

 It's Sour Grapes when your own elected officials are being bought by CCA a multinational conglomerate??  Or a Town Atty is so corrupt that he's slanting his ideas on others as being good for everyone??

I call it Representative Democracy Lost... and our whole Govt is being taken over by CCA and special interests, you're just not seeing it...  that's unfortunate for you...

janesdobbs
janesdobbs

What Lies??  He has only quoted what has come out of Debbie's mouth??  Unless she is lying herself, how can Bill be accused of lying?

glass slipper
glass slipper

Shultz is a DOMESTIC ENEMY as her allegiance is to Israel and not to the what is best for this country!

Jackfrost24
Jackfrost24

Her Zionist connections should be further investigated. This is clearly a conspiracy.

Getreal
Getreal

And if you back the Google Earth map further, you will clearly see that this facility will directly impact Georgia and Tenesseee.

Disgusted
Disgusted

This country was founded on religious freedom. To take sides as you have done here is utterly disgusting.

Riverhouse
Riverhouse

Dude, I see your upset, but do you really think anything your doing will stop this from being built. Not a chance.

Jackfroat24
Jackfroat24

To test the conspiracy, what's the religious breakdown?

Jill
Jill

To Legalmind, you are so honest why don't you assist us  and uncover all the  unethical transactions by these individuals. If you haven't participated in the research we've uncovered then don't come to the defense of Poliakoff. He has long arms like TENTICLES that stretch across the counties and is involved with a very powerful law firm in this state. The name speaks for itself. Yes, and we've uncovered lots of dirt. Just check the names of the individuals and their donations to Ms Wassermanschultz account. At least ,if not more then 80% of the residents that are informed about this DETENTION CENTER are against this project, and yet our unethical council and unethical attorney are blatantly for it. They held this DETENTION CENTER under wraps with a CODE of SILENCE until now. Mr. Poliakoff e-mailed them to keep it quiet, and warned them that" the sharks are circling." If this isn't unethical then what is? He is hired to represent the people of Southwest Ranches and inform them of legal matters. Instead he's representing himself,  his interest, and his firm.

janesdobbs
janesdobbs

 @c1be4b98d467c9fd00f2ed260149af3c:disqus @6244a282d4deb1a4d4d2752fe462db70:disqus  - Either you are apart of the opposition, or you have not been following this whole ordeal.  I have because I live in the area...I'm a resident, not part of a anti-deportation group.  We have plenty of beds to enforce our borders.  The Florida Sherriff's Assn has attested to it in a letter.  Please educate yourself with the following articles.http://www.browardpalmbeach.co...http://blogs.browardpalmbeach....http://www.noprisonswr.org/201...http://www.facebook.com/?ref=l... - Actual EMAIL

In the last link it shows an email conversation between CCA Atty Sam Poole and Town Atty Keith Poliakoff where they discuss passing a resolution in which the Town Atty says to ammend the agreement and to "Show him the money"...  How is this not WRONG??  Who needs to grow up??  I think you need to take a look inside yourself...  This detention center will RUIN SWR and bring Pembroke Pines and Broward County down with it... mark my words.

Growup
Growup

This anti-deportation group seems to have reverted to name calling. I'd never thought I would say this but I agree with Legalmind. Grow up!

Legalmind
Legalmind

As a member of the legal profession I thought your stance had some interesting merit, until I read this reprehensible article and this absolutely childish post. To state these things about an attorney is equivalent to when I hear people say they must have bribed the judge. Grow up! Instead understand that a lawyer is required to zealously represent their client. If the client supports this, their attorney has to support it. Your statement that this attorney is playing a Jedi mind trick on an entire city, is laughable. Stick to the facts and advocate your position. Leave this mud slinging to the pigs and stick to the facts. Posts like this make me wonder if any of the other information has any merit.

Imsick
Imsick

Kampf sounds German to me too. I just checked this site and could not see any such article written by him on any other religious denominations! Hope someone blogs about this! New Times needs to investigate.

Conspiracy
Conspiracy

Notaprisiontown, you seem to write on all of Kamph'sstories. Are you Arian as well?

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