It's all the news today; CCA's notorious T. Don Hutto detention center will stop holding immigrant families. According to the New York Times ("U.S. to Reform Policy on Detention for Immigrants," August 6th)
"[T]he government will stop sending families to the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a former state prison near Austin, Tex., that drew an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit and scathing news coverage for putting young children behind razor wire. ...
The decision to stop sending families there - and to set aside plans for three new family detention centers - is the Obama administration's clearest departure from its predecessor's immigration enforcement policies."
Although the facility will continue to hold immigrant women, this is a huge victory for the movement to end family detention as it substantially shrinks the immigrant family detention system, and takes the new family detention centers off the table. We'll have more updates in the coming days, but in the meantime check out the T. Don Hutto blog or these sources:
"Just-Unveiled Immigration Detention Policies Are Excellent First Step," Women's Refugee Commission, August 6th
"Hutto detention center to change direction," Austin American-Statesman, August 6th