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April 22, 2006

internment camps "temporary immigration detention centers"

While it looks like Frist is going to keep immigration reform on the agenda, and I agree that some sort of appropriations have to be passed in order for a reform bill to get through, I'm getting the willies over the "construction of detention facilities" part. Perhaps because a Haliburton subsidiary was awarded the contract for such centers months ago. Internment camps anyone?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Majority Leader Bill Frist intends to seek Senate passage of immigration legislation by Memorial Day, hoping to revive a bill that tightens border security and gives millions of illegal immigrants a chance at citizenship, Republican leadership aides said Friday. In a gesture to conservative critics of the measure, Frist and other Republicans also intend to seek roughly $2 billion in immediate additional spending for border protection. The aides said the money would allow for training of Border Patrol agents, construction of detention facilities for immigrants caught entering the country illegally, the purchase of helicopters and surveillance aircraft and construction of a fence in high-traffic areas. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they did not want to pre-empt a formal announcement. full article
The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth up to $385 million for building temporary immigration detention centers to Kellogg Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary that has been criticized for overcharging the Pentagon for its work in Iraq. KBR would build the centers for the Homeland Security Department for an unexpected influx of immigrants, to house people in the event of a natural disaster or for new programs that require additional detention space, company executives said. KBR, which announced the contract last month, had a similar contract with immigration agencies from 2000 to last year. full article

Posted by almamia at April 22, 2006 12:00 AM


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