Illegal Immigrants Getting 'Suites' at Remodeled Texas ICE Facility
As House Republicans scramble to come up with a last-minute border bill before their August recess, we're now hearing about a reported plan by I.C.E to open a remodeled detention center that will give illegal immigrants "suite" accommodations.
The renovated rooms are meant to house women and children who entered the U.S. illegally through the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.
Here's more on the facility from KRGV-TV in San Antonio:
The 532-bed facility underwent a massive renovation to house women and children. The center housed only adult immigrants in the past.
Immigrants will be at the facility for an average of 23 days.
The feds said the rooms will be referred to as "suites." The suites are furnished with bunk beds, play tables for children, flat-screen television sets and landline telephones.
"I will refer to everyone in this facility as a resident. ICE generally refers to people in custody as detainees," ICE San Antonio Field Office Director Enrique Lucero said.
Lucero oversaw the transformation of the center.
The center has a soccer field covered with artificial turf, basketball courts, ping pong tables and a weight room. Officials also have plans to install a playground.
A charter school from nearby San Antonio will provide schooling and access to a library for the immigrant children.
The immigrants will get medical screenings. Children will receive physicals within 24 hours of arriving at the center and women within a week.
"There is a dentist on site," Lucero said.
There is a room where the immigrants will get to pick new clothes. Every illegal immigrant will be able to choose six sets of clothes, including shoes and socks.
"While residents are here ... we will provide a safe and humane environment," Lucero said.
The feds estimate it will cost approximately $74,000 a day to house 532 immigrants at the center. That's an average of $140 a day per person.
Officials did not disclose how much the government spent to refurbish the center.
Meantime, there is continued speculation that if Congress does not act, President Obama will take executive action to deal with the border crisis. Ann Coulter reacted to all of this on Fox and Friends, saying the one question no one asks on immigration is whether any of the proposed solutions are good for Americans.
She spoke of a dire situation developing in the southern border states because they cannot handle the massive influx of illegal immigrants.
"Schools and hospitals are going bankrupt. Especially throughout southern California. ... It's always senators from states that have one percent of all immigration getting up and telling us about their relatives arriving at Ellis Island. Meanwhile, our phones are melting down from people from southern California because they're being overrun," said Coulter, pointing to cases of tuberculosis and leprosy emerging.
Coulter said she doesn't want any legislation passed until the new Congress comes in after the November midterms.
"If they pass a bill, it goes to conference. If it goes to conference, it could come out [as] amnesty."
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