I stumbled across this video via The Sanctuary, and I’m appalled at some of this information. I’d known about the cruelty in prisons and detention centers, and about the careless tactics used by the ICE.
But how did I not get the memo that 1) there exists a “residential facility” in the United States that keeps children detained as well, and 2) that this horrible establishment resides about 30 miles north of Austin?!! (Apparently there’s also a second one called Berks in Pennsylvania. If you know about any others, leave links in the comments section, because I intend to learn more and write up a massive post about this.)
Naturally, I’m now doing some more research on the T Don Hutto facility for more information, and came across this wonderful little blog:
In May 2006, the Department of Homeland Security opened its first prison for immigrant families 30 miles north of Austin. It is the first family detention center in the country to be based on the penal model, though plans were quickly made to build more.
The T Don Hutto facility holds men, women (some pregnant), children, and infants, none of whom have a criminal past. Administered by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country’s largest for-profit corrections company, Hutto lacks proper licensing and medical facilities, and has been proven to traumatize families.
According to the video shown below, there are about 200 children imprisoned here.
I’m really just dumbfounded right now. How can anyone think it’s not a human rights violation to make parents raise their children in prison? I thought the days of family internment in the U.S. were a thing of the past.