A few weeks ago, I visited two of the largest immigration detention centers in the country, both in Texas, both essentially prisons. The 2000-bed Willacy Detention Center, in Raymondville, Texas, is a surreal place, resembling a massive detention camp, with its ten huge, tent-like structures, "pods" to hold detainees, barbed wire, uniformed guards, and detainees in prison garb. From Willacy, asylum seekers are generally transferred to the South Texas Detention Complex, in the tiny town of Pearsall. With one hall alone running a quarter mile long, the 1900-bed facility is yet another massive prison-like facility.
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