Sunday, November 4, 2007

T Don Hutto employs undocumented workers

This from Patricia Ruland's great article in the Austin Chronicle:

The dirty little secret is out: The T. Don Hutto Family Residential Center, a detention facility for immigrant families in Taylor, has employed undocumented workers, as well as contractors with criminal records. The revelation has put Williamson Coun­ty, which administers the center for owner-operator Correc­tions Corporation of America, in an embarrassing legal bind. The infractions, ironic as they are, were cited in an official reprimand of CCA by the U.S. Immigration and Cus­toms Enforcement and addressed to County Judge Dan Gattis on May 23. The reprimand only came to light in October, when WilCo commissioners began airing concerns about mounting liability. But it was an alleged sexual assault of a detainee by a guard on May 19 that was the most likely source of the county's jitters over liability. WilCo and CCA were to "ensure that such an incident not occur again," the reprimand stated.

Again, all this reminds us that Williamson County has its mind only on the potential liability T Don Hutto holds, not on the human conditions inside. And in their single-minded focus on the bottom line, they trip over their own empty morals, employing undocumented workers on one hand while locking them up and labeling them criminals on the other.