I Toured an Immigration Detention Facility. Here’s What I Saw.


Posted: Dec 04, 2019 11:15 AM

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When my dad served in Congress, I had a couple of opportunities to tour state-run prisons. Both times I went in with the expectation that the nightmarish portrayal of prison life depicted in movies and on TV was surely an exaggeration. Instead, I sadly found that fiction mirrored reality — and frankly I was just relieved to get out of there without getting shanked or worse!

So when I began hearing about immigration detention facilities on the news, I imagined those same dreary places I visited, except worse, with barbed wire and chain-link fences locking crying and starving children in cages. After all, this is what we are told to believe — prominent Democrats have even compared these facilities to Nazi concentration camps.

However, I was greatly surprised when, upon recently visiting an immigration detention facility and private prison in Florida, I found the media and Hollywood-driven storylines about these places to be overwhelmingly false. Far from “concentration camp” conditions, both of these facilities placed an emphasis on

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