Friday, October 28, 2011 at 9:19 a.m.
Are ICE officials ready to listen to this?
The Southwest Ranches Town Council has announced the time of a proposed meeting between local residents and officials from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to discuss a controversial new immigrant detention facility project that town officials appear to have been trying to move forward with as little public involvement as possible.
Town Attorney Keith Poliakoff previously told the Pulp that "Despite the fact that [the facility] could be built tomorrow, the town has respectfully requested a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whereby the town hopes to create a forum whereby [lawyers say "whereby" a lot] all residents can ask any additional questions they may have concerning this facility."
Those residents will doubtless have a lot of questions to ask.
A coalition of local residents who are opposed to the facility, including Ryann Greenberg and Bill Di Scipio, were in attendance at last night's council meeting, though there was no planned protest march, as was the case last time.
The meeting was the Town Council's last in a doublewide trailer on property being leased from the South Broward Drainage District. The council plans to move into a new town hall today. It may take a while to get their computer systems back online, so the numerous public-records requests lodged by the citizen activists may get stalled by the move.
However, town officials announced that the meeting about the facility will take place on Saturday, November 5, at 10 a.m. They did not announce a place for the meeting. Greenberg immediately sent out a news release to the anti-prison mailing list announcing the meeting. No further details are available as of this morning.
We'll bring you full coverage when it happens.
Stefan Kamph is a New Times staff writer.
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