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T. Don Hutto - Footage from ICE

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Published on May 17, 2007

I sent a request for footage of the inside of the T. Don Hutto facility to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This is an unedited clip of what they sent me (no audio was present on the tape). Some of you may have seen clips like this in news stories before, but I wanted to post the whole thing.

In my pursuit of this story, I've requested interviews with officials from ICE and from Corrections Corporation of America, the private company that runs T. Don Hutto. My requests have gone unanswered to date, which is unfortunate because I feel that covering a topic without representation from both sides creates an imbalance in the story. I suppose this video clip of the inside will have to do for now.

An update that I can give is that on May 7th, Jorge Bustamante, special rapporteur on migrant rights for the United Nations, was denied touring privileges of T. Don Hutto. He has since been denied access to another immigrant detention facility in New Jersey.

This issue doesn't seem to be going away. I've received word from Jay Johnson Castro, organizer of the "Hutto Walks", that there will be another vigil outside the facility on June 23rd which will be sponsored by Amnesty International. LULAC and several other organizations have joined together and will also be present.

Whatever your feelings on this issue may be, I encourage you to discuss detention facilities like the one in Taylor, Texas with your family, friends, and community. Social progress can be made only through open and honest discourse.

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