June 18, 2010

What is the penalty for breaking and entering?  The answer to that question depends on who you are and what you broke into.

Are you breaking into the local liquor store or are you breaking into a country?  If it's the latter and that country is America then your stay in detention is about to get a lot softer.

An alien breaking into America will soon be able to look forward to movies, bingo nights, continental breakfast and holidays with family, among other attractions.

I kid you not. That is how the Obama administration wants criminals, er...guests, who have broken our immigration laws handled in detention facilities.

The Washington Times reports that Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest contractor for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has reached a preliminary agreement to soften confinement, free of charge, at nine immigrant facilities covering at least 7,100 beds - a deal that ICE officials see as a precursor to changes elsewhere.

Overall, the facilities are expected to be less prisonlike, offering freer movement for detainees, fewer pat downs and better access to legal resources. The agreement calls for fresh vegetables and access to self-serve beverages along with cooking and exercise classes, according to a list released by ICE.

CCA will soften "the look for the facility with hanging plants, flower baskets, new paint colors, different bedding and furniture" and allow lengthy visits from friends and family who can provide outside packages or food for special celebrations under changes to be made over the next six months.

The so-called 'logic' for this endeavor, according to ICE Director John Morton, is that illegal aliens are being held on civil charges and not criminal charges. Say what? Since when is it not a criminal charge to enter America illegally?

ICE spokeman Brian Hale said it's their goal to provide these types of reforms with all the facilities that ICE contracts with. That includes state and local facilities where illegal aliens are held under contract with ICE. 

You have to realize that the government has lost its collective mind when even a union official realizes the fallacy of this approach.

Chris Crane, president of AFGE Council 118/ICE, the union that represents 7,000 ICE officers but not the contractors says "It's absolutely insane, the changes they're making. It just makes for an absolutely unsafe environment, not only for the detainees, but for the officers."

International "human rights" activists are to be thanked for the taxpayer-sponsored perks to illegals.  Afterall, the bleeding heart liberals argue, it's the human thing to do until we can free them or put them on the fast track to citizenship through an Obama-backed amnesty program. Once granted, they will remember who gave them all the goodies and granted their "rights" and will vote for them when once they obtain their citizenship.  They will vote for the one with the "D" after their name on the ballot.  But we won't be able to tell them the "D" stands for dependency.

The Obama administration seems hellbent on bringing America to her knees in every way possible. Once on its knees, the country as a whole will only be able to vote for the guy or gal with the "D" after their name.

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