Slideshow: Texans protest at the Jack Harwell facility in Waco
On December 10th, Waco Dream Act Alliance, Texans United For Families (TUFF), and Grassroots Leadership hosted a vigil in Waco. We met at the Heritage Square before sending a message to the Jack Harwell detention Center.
The Jack Harwell facility was built as a speculative jail by a private prison corporation called Community Education Centers. Despite Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s claims of moving towards a “civil” detention system, the agency has recently contracted with Jack Harwell to detain women immigrants at the facility.
This vigil served to draw attention to the privatization of detention centers, that includes the Jack Harwell Detention Center and the horrendous treatment of the immigrant detainees inside the detention system.
We demand changes in the immigration detention system, including prioritization of release and alternatives to detention as well as access to good food, sanitary living conditions, medical attention, legal rights and fresh air.
UPDATE: Yesterday we learned that ICE stopped detaining women at Jack Harwell over the weekend! We take this as a victory, but we will continue with our vigil in Waco on Saturday in solidarity with the more than 10,000 people in detention centers throughout Texas.