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Inside the Karnes County Residential Center
by Joe Baker
Aug 03, 2014 | 713 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials welcomed media to its newly remodeled illegal immigrant detention center near Karnes City on July 31. After a tour, a press conference was held where ICE officials answered questions from local, state and national media.
Inside the Karnes County Residential Center
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials welcomed media to its newly remodeled illegal immigrant detention center near Karnes City on July 31. After a tour, a press conference was held where ICE officials answered questions from local, state and national media.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials welcomed media to its newly remodeled illegal immigrant detention center near Karnes City on July 31.

The tour was aimed to show how ICE is going to even greater lengths to make the facility feel more like a hotel or resort, and less like a prison.

Even the name of the facility was changed recently from the Karnes County Civil Detention Center to the Karnes County Residential Center as a way to shift the focus away from the fact that illegal immigrants are being detained.

Despite the new name and new terminology, it remains a detention center and detainees do not have the freedom to leave until they are deported to their home countries, transferred to another facility, or released through asylum granted by an immigration judge.

See the Aug. 6 issue of The Karnes Countywide for a detailed report of information presented and questions answered by ICE officials.

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