The Williamson County Commissioners Court voted unanimously today to continue to profit from locking up children and mothers, not families, if you recall, fathers are locked elsewhere. The lease agreement has been revised to make sure the corporation running the lock up, Corrections Corporation of American (CCA), starts abiding by the law. They will now provide, we’ll check back, the legal amount of daily education for the children, 7 hours. For those who think nothing has changed, in reality, much has. When we first heard of this problem children were receiving only 1 hour of education per day.Â Even though our county is still failing in it’s moral obligations many, many more are aware of this and changes are happening.
The AAS has this story, Williamson County renews contract on immigrant detention center. For those who think that national politics does not effect us locally just listen to County Judge Dan Gattis:
“I decided early on that it wasn’t my place to get into the national debate,” County Judge Dan A. Gattis said after court was adjourned. “Our concern was that (detainees) be treated fairly. Whether it’s proper to detain them â€” that’s a national decision.”
Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine…Â There really wasn’t ever a doubt that our GOP dominated government wouldn’t renew this lease.Â But to have our county’s Judge defer what happens here to the federal government is truly sad.Â What leadership!Â Whether we imprison children and mothers in Williamson County is not a national decision.Â It can be denied a the local level, despite what Judge Gattis says.Â I thought Republicans and “conservatives” were for local control of government.Â If you don’t have a problem with imprisoning children and mothers just say so, but don’t act like you have no control over the decision when it’s obvious that you do.