Sheriffs support plan for three prisons for illegal immigrants

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. --- South Carolina sheriffs back a plan to build three regional prisons in the state to hold illegal immigrants as they await deportation.

Several sheriffs tell The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News that the plan would remove the inmates from overcrowded county jails, where they take up valuable space as they await officials to transfer them to the closest federal immigration court in Atlanta.

"It's easier to do it on a regional level than for each individual county to do it," said Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson.

The current plan calls for the three prisons to hold up to 400 inmates each.

State prison officials will run the facilities, which will be paid for through a program with the federal Department of Homeland Security, said Jeff Moore, executive director of the state Sheriff's Association, whose organization drafted the plan with help from the governor's office and federal officials.

But the proposal is a work in progress awaiting approval from Homeland Security and could be changed considerably, officials said.

Officials also have to figure out who will pay to build the prison. If state money is involved, the plan will need to be approved by legislators.

Families of illegal immigrants could be angry their relatives are housed several counties away, but the state has the right to house inmates where it sees fit, said Tammy Besherse, an attorney for the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, an advocacy group for the poor.

The group is also worried that concentrating illegal immigrants in a few jails might lead to substandard care in those facilities, Ms. Besherse said.

"There would be a lot of potential for the undocumented immigrants to receive substandard treatment, food, etc.," Ms. Besherse wrote in an e-mail to the newspaper. "These guards will now know for a fact the inmates aren't here legally. That could lead to abusive situations."

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namaste
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namaste 04/21/08 - 04:12 am
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Why house then at all? Just

Why house then at all? Just deport them... Just wanted to say that...now I'll read the article. Morning ya'll!

robartbyrrd
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robartbyrrd 04/21/08 - 05:31 am
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Who gives a heck about their

Who gives a heck about their families, lawbreakes should have no rights.

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usncporet 04/21/08 - 07:29 am
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"potential for abuse?"

"potential for abuse?" Typical lawyer-speak. Ms. Besherse has the "potential" and all the equipment to be a prostitute too - but she chose to lower her standards even further.

i.b.e.w..electric
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i.b.e.w..electric 04/21/08 - 10:02 am
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hell with housing them ,just

hell with housing them ,just take them out back and shoot them . they are invaders

fugitivetracker
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fugitivetracker 04/21/08 - 10:24 am
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South Carolina does not have

South Carolina does not have enough Halliburtan built gov't mandated concentration camps compared to other states. Just a ruse to get them constructed in preparation for martial law. Like it has been posted above, why not just deport them, would be cheaper than constructing and manning such a Facility.

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gnx 04/21/08 - 01:06 pm
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It takes time to deport

It takes time to deport illegals - you have to document them thoroughly so they can be placed in a database. All body tattoos and any other pertinent identifying marks are photographed and added to the file as well as all information that can be obtained. This way when they come back over the border again it can be positively determined that they are a 'repeat offender' and additional steps can be taken. It is supposed to help ICE to determine who is using proper identification and who is using false identification. Unfortunately there are so many illegals right now that simply deporting them without documentation is a waste of time because they come right back. Without being documented they know they'll be able to melt right back into the background wherever they were living before, but it's hoped that by thoroughly documenting them (body marks and all) prior to deportation that they will be discouraged from reentering the country. At least that's the way it's supposed to work in theory. ;-)

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sarahs mom 04/21/08 - 01:43 pm
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sc just cut 8 MILLION dollars

sc just cut 8 MILLION dollars from the Dept of Corrections budget, they have the lowest pay in the state ( avg 22,000 ) they havent received apay increase in over 5 years,and have the largest attrition rate due to poor pay and constant cuts, Not to mention they just proposed CLOSING 3 work release centers due to budget cuts. how in the world can they staff or build 3 more facilities when they cant adequately run the state facilities now.once again, SC has no clue how to take care of the states needs.

namaste
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namaste 04/21/08 - 04:29 pm
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They closed 3--why not use

They closed 3--why not use those 3? I know, too easy!

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BigPix 04/22/08 - 01:03 am
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Our immigration laws are so

Our immigration laws are so outdated, it needs to be reviewed and revised. Illegal immigration have brought down the standard of living in this country to such low levels. It will take a generation to reverse the damage, assuming our legislators get a handle on the problem soon enough. Dependents of these illegals use up the resources of our schools and health care system. Our democratic institutions are compromised because we're dealing with constituents who barely comprehend the nuances of democracy, namely, to speak up and assert one's rights. Same constituents are manipulated by wily politicians and corporate interests. Legitimate interests are compromised because of the imbalance between informed citizens and the "give-me-a-job" migrants. Wages are out of sync with cost of living expenses because employers have a vast labor pool of laborers willing to work for much less. English is being supplanted by Spanish. People should not take for granted the immense benefits brought by this marvelous language. English is what made this country the best country. Illegals should be treated humanely. However, our laws are so lenient that illegals feel it is a win-win situation. Enough !!!

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