Backlash Derails Plans For Third Family Detention Center in South Texas

Texas' third immigration detention center won't be in Jim Wells County.
Texas' third immigration detention center won't be in Jim Wells County.
Community backlash has derailed a private company's plans to build Texas' third immigration detention center.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that when Jim Wells County commissioners didn't approve the deal quickly enough and and asked Serco — a company that runs immigration detention centers in the U.K and Australia — for a second public hearing, the private prison operator declined.

"With the insecurity of our residents we didn't want to move forward without having a town hall in San Diego," County Judge Pedro "Pete" Treviño Jr. told the newspaper. "Unfortunately, Serco was under a time constraint."

On June 6, Jim Wells County Commissioners Court authorized Treviño to negotiate with Serco. However, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is still seeking proposals for a new detention center in South Texas. It just won't be in Jim Wells County.

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