Wednesday, June 22, 2011

American Fenced, razor wired closed in camps

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 ( -- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded Halliburton's KBR subsidiary a $385 million contract to build "detention facilities" (prisons) for immigrants arrested on charges of entering the country illegally and to provide construction and logistics support services in the event of an "immigration emergency," Halliburton announced in a press release today.

The announcement comes at an opportune time for Halliburton since the Bush administration has accelerated the number of immigration arrests and prosecutions nationally, but most remarkably in the Houston area, where Halliburton is headquartered.

According to a study by Syracuse University, the number of immigration arrests and prosecutions in the Southern District of Texas, which includes Houston, is "literally off the chart" compared to areas with greater illegal migration problems. Immigration prosecutions spiked by 14,030 cases in the district between 2003 and 2004, a 345 percent increase.

The number of immigration prosecutions is dramatically skewed in favor of Halliburton's hometown in Texas even though over half of the 1.1 million people entering the United States illegally in 2004 crossed the border through Arizona.... at Hallburton Watch

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