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The Town of Southwest Ranches, Corrections Corporation of American (CCA), and DHS / ICE want to build one of the largest immigration detention centers in the nation within walking distance of thousands of homes; thus, reducing the quality of our life and our community. We do not agree with the federal government privatizing our immigration detention centers throughout the nation when there is clear evidence that privatizing our prisons creates a clear public safety threat. For ICE to continue to privatize these institutions and bring this safety threat through their "secure communities Initiative" to our community is unacceptable. Depriving someone of their liberty is a non-delegable governmental function and privatizing of such a function is infecting our nation like a virus.

The Town of Southwest Ranches has now entered into it's THIRD Fire Contract within the last year now with the Town of Davie, costing taxpayers $120,000 in ramp up fees. They are now closing several roads in western Southwest Ranches charging the tax payers $80,000 for the gates. They have paid an unknown amount of money for lobbying with ICE regarding this prison. They have several lawsuits against the Town, 1- Involving Open Meeting Violations on a November 5th meeting concerning the ICE Detention Center, 2- Open Records Violations, and 3- The Town is putting together a lawsuit to sue Pembroke Pines for breach of contract because the City utilized their exit clause and cancelled for convenience their Fire/EMS contract which included water and sewer at the last minute for the CCA prison. In the contract it states that there should be no third party beneficiaries. CCA would be a third party in this instance.

CCA has also filed suit in Federal court against the City of Pembroke Pines saying they are denying them water however the City had never seen a water application. The City did file for a Declaratory Judgement in State Court but that has been put on hold until the Federal Court hears the suit from CCA.

Is ANYONE CONFUSED as to why the Pembroke Pines/Southwest Ranches Fire Agreement was cancelled? The Town Attorney Keith Poliakoff attempted to "slip" into the agreement a portion that guaranteed water for the prison at CCA's request. This is something that should have been brought up separately. CCA should have brought it forward on their own in a water application. This is slide of hand that CCA and the Town attempted to do because they were so afraid of CCA being on the Pembroke Pines agenda.

As of June 2012, ICE put out a statement that the site selection was no longer needed due to the fact that the extra bedspace was no longer needed.
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ--$1000 PER WRITTEN ENDORSEMENT

Now it becomes clear as to why Debbie Wasserman Schultz is so adament in her support of CCA and their building of an immigrant prison in Southwest Ranches.  On April 8, 2011, she and Senator Bill Nelson signed a letter of endorsement for this facility.  Merely 3 weeks later, Debbie Wasserman Schultz collected her fee of $1000 from CCA.  That's almost quicker than how long it takes for you to get money back from ebay for a successful sale!  Who questions the efficiency of the private sector, anyway?  They can buy politicians faster than you can say Frank Nurt!

Ironically, this comes just a few months after Debbie lambasted the Republicans and Jim Sensenbrenner for wanting to "lock them up and deport them all" when discussing immigration. Then, Debbie goes on to ENDORSE the biggest immigrant prison in the country and defends Prison Inc to the very end. This is in light of overwhelming opposition to the prison and a disgusting paper trail of public officials hiding and covering up the sordid mess.  Also, this is in the face of overwhelming examples of grotesque civil rights abuses of prisoners in CCA's custody.

We guess Sensenbrenner and the Republicans could have had THEIR ideas endorsed by the Congresswoman and her staff if they just gave Debbie $1000 too.

The following campaign contributions report containing activity data for Corrections Corporation
of America Political Action Committee:

CCA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ACTIVITY

Note who actually contributes to the PAC.  Some of our favorite players like the former CCA
Lobbyist and now hired mucky muck, Lucibeth Mayberry contribute.  Also, notice that Debbie
is in GREAT company as one of only 3 Democrats on the list.  Most of them are just backwater
political hacks.  So, Debbie has really gotten fleas by getting into bed with this crew.  It is who
she is, though.  Her actions belie her words.  Here's a list of CCA's PAC contributions.


BLACK, DIANE L MRS. House of Reps Republican TN $1,000.00 06/17/11
BLACK, DIANE L MRS. House of Reps Republican TN $124.00 02/15/11
CORKER, ROBERT P JR Senate Republican TN $1,500.00 04/08/11
CULBERSON, JOHN House of Reps Republican TX $1,000.00 02/22/11
DESJARLAIS, SCOTT EUGENE House of Reps Republican TN $124.00 02/15/11
FINCHER, STEVE House of Reps Republican TN $124.00 02/15/11
FINCHER, STEVE House of Reps Republican TN $2,000.00 06/21/11
FLEISCHMANN, CHARLES J House of Reps Republican TN $124.00 02/15/11
MCCARTHY, KEVIN House of Reps Republican CA $2,500.00 02/22/11
PAYNE, DONAL M. House of Reps Democrat NJ $1,000.00 04/29/11
REHBERG, DENNIS R House of Reps Republican MT $1,000.00 02/14/11
THOMPSON, BENNIE G. House of Reps Democrat MS $1,500.00 02/22/11
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, DEBBIE House of Reps Democrat FL $1,000.00 04/29/11


In conclusion, on April 8th, Debbie signs a letter of endorsement.  On April 29th, CCA gives
her $1K. Coincidence?  You decide.  Debbie STILL steadfastly refuses to withdraw her support
and adamantly stands behind her endorsement.



1 comment:

  1. I am thoroughly disgusted! Again, where does Debbie live? Where does Senator Nelson live? Do they live 1/4 mile, one mile even from the prison? Unfortunately, those poor souls in Laguna Isles live 1/4 mile, across the street from the purposed site.

    I just listened to her comments on the radio. She is abolutely out of her mind if she thinks that Western Pembroke Pines and Southwest ranches from the estimated 1,000 jobs. We have already shared our sentiments about the disadvantages versus the any benefits that this prison will bring to our neighborhoods.

    Who is going to deal with the ramifications? We are, Debbie! Why are you choosing to dump on us? You will need to live with your decision to endorse that detention center in someone else's backyard while you and your family are children are safely enjoying a peaceful life style in Weston devoid of the troubles that such an endeavor brings.

    NO. I will not vote for you in any election in the future. I can not find peace in your decision. I hope you are able to sleep at night!

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