Migrant Detention Facility Has Hair Salon, Child Care, Library

Newsmax, August 1, 2014

Federal immigration officials on Thursday sought to show the softer side of immigrant detention, complete with cartoon wall murals, stuffed animals, playgrounds, snacks and a hair salon at a South Texas facility that will house women and their children who crossed the border illegally.

With a surge in illegal immigration in recent months, especially children traveling alone and parents bringing in children from Central America, authorities moved to convert an all-male detention facility about 50 miles Southeast of San Antonio into one that could temporarily house families.

The Karnes County Residential Center is the third such family center in the nation, with the others in the New Mexico and Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way.

The facility will start receiving immigrants on Friday and can house up to 532 people at a cost of about $140 a day per person.


No adult males will be housed at the Karnes County facility and the families placed there will be from those picked up in Texas along the Rio Grande Valley. {snip}


Federal immigration officials gave separate tours for media, local governments, consular officials and immigrant advocates on Thursday to show what residents will be afforded once they pass through the 15-foot gate to temporarily live behind high concrete walls.


Once they enter under the welcome sign–in English and Spanish–immigrants will be processed through showers and health screenings and allowed to select clothes for themselves and their children. Mothers also can request diapers, baby bottles, pacifiers and blankets.

Further inside they will have access to a dental care, a bilingual library, playrooms, child care, pay phones, flat-screen TVs, free Internet access, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, weightlifting equipment, a small soccer field and a soon-to-be installed playground play scape.


Officials still moved to further soften the edges of the Karnes County facility, with touches like the painted cartoon murals with rockets ships, colorful fish and zoo animals, “to make it more family friendly,” Lucero said.

For example, a look inside a family sleeping room revealed a stuffed animal and a copy of “Green Eggs and Ham” laid near the pillow of child’s bunk.

Staff that previously worked with adult males also had to be trained to oversee children, including lessons in pediatric CPR. The facility also contracted with a local school to bring bilingual elementary, middle school and high school teachers to the on-site classrooms. School-age children will be required to attend classes while they live there, Lucero said.

Even the building name was changed to make it sound less severe, from the Karnes County Civil Detention Center to the Karnes County Residential Facility.

Despite the amenities, authorities insist that immigrant families should not consider it a desirable destination. It is a detention facility and residents cannot leave until they have been legally processed for asylum or deportation, Lucero said.


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  • MekongDelta69

    Even the building name was changed to make it sound less severe, from the Karnes County Civil Detention Center to the Karnes County Residential Facility

    Oh jeez – we wouldn’t want the poor, dear illegal aliens to be ‘traumatized’ now, would we?

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      Feelings are more important than facts nowadays, so you are right.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The children were confused when they saw a library since there are none of those in Mexico.

    • guest

      Which also includes being honest and calling them what they really are – illegals. Like in a past AmRen article where someone thought that the term “illegal immigrant” is just as bad as the n-word.

    • Erasmus

      I am sick to death of the soft-headed, bleeding-heart sob sisters who now make American foreign policy. Where is the compassion for the Americans whose lives have been ruined by illegal aliens our “leaders” in Washington let into the country?

    • A sane American citizenry would feel traumatized at having to pay taxes to support these freeloading criminals.

  • Adolf Verloc

    During WWII, we interned Japanese-American citizens in pretty spartan camps. Seems as though a similar standard would be appropriate for illegal alien non-citizen for the brief period of time until they are sent back. We are going to send them back, aren’t we?

    • IstvanIN

      We would leave them near the border if we were going to send them back.

      • M&S

        We wouldn’t design luxury housing for a transient population of 532 in a world where over 300,00 still cross the border, yearly, if they were going back.
        I pity those who will have to care for these people. They will be on a never ending ‘diet’ of stromectol and permethrin along with lice combs/shampoo and treatments for their homes (try sleeping in a bed which has been treated for bedbugs).
        This is not a maybe, it’s a given, just recall that woman in the article on the ‘brown shirts’ who ran the camp she was helping to staff and all the moments when they saw people with lice literally running down their kids hair. And couldn’t say a word when those same people were transported on public airplanes/buses.
        A single shower without DDT powder will _not_ do the trick and the ivermectin based drugs are super hard on your liver while the cream is essentially a pesticide base.
        Now consider some of the more /dangerous/ diseases that these people will also bring with them and realize that you are asking white folks to accept potentially lifelong health consequences for the sake of showcase sympathy.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Watch “Get the Gringo” with my boy Mel Gibson. Mexican prison movie. Future of border enforcement but American style, with generous dollops of White taxpayer money to spiff it all up?

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Federal immigration officials on Thursday sought to show the softer side of immigrant detention, complete with cartoon wall murals, stuffed animals, playgrounds, snacks and a hair salon at a South Texas facility that will house women and their children who crossed the border illegally.


    Maybe we should put the invading mestizos up in mansions, give them free limos, thousands in free cash and well-paying jobs in the federal government. After all, it’s the humanitarian thing to do! America has to redeem herself for black slavery, European genocide against Indians and the Mexican War by giving herself away to third world invaders. Only when whites cease to exist will there be justice and equality for all.

    • IstvanIN

      Jobs? Just generous benefits would be enough.

  • I’ve heard there are some spare bedrooms at Nancy Pelosi’s house and Glenn Beck’s too. Servants can cater to the dreamers every wish.

    I’m sure public spirited types like Pelosi and Beck, both extremely wealthy, won’t charge the taxpayers for the missing silverware, silver poodles with their throats slit, and the stolen and wrecked luxury cars. All covered by insurance.

    Enjoy your diversity, fools.

    • Caucasoid88

      Watch out for scabies and chicken pox, BOFU, I value your thoughts.

  • Why exactly would this make me want to go back to work to pay taxes?

  • Magician

    Everything they are doing for the illegal immigrants, is going to encourage even more illegal immigration….

  • Olorin

    The Democrats are using the tried-and-true methods of dope pushers:

    Give your future customers a taste of the good stuff. They will like it so much they will come back to you again and again for more. Eventually they will do whatever you say.

    All in a day’s work for the two political parties hellbent on (s)electing a new We The People.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      What’s wrong with the old We the People?

      If we are so awesome, why are we letting this happen?

      I speak out quite a bit, but we all need to do a lot more of that. There is no reason we should let this happen. None.

      • IstvanIN

        1) I don’t believe there can be such a thing as group sovereignty; 2) Universal suffrage is a disaster, letting everyone vote just because they have reached a certain age, especially the dim-witted and those with no stake in the nation’s future; 3) A nation and a federal government that has grown too big and too distant from the people; 4) erosion of state’s rights; 5) big money politics; 6) we have had it too good for too long to want to upset the apple cart.

      • “What’s wrong with the old We the People?”

        Some of us are a bit stubborn and are under the apparently mistaken belief that we still possess rights, which results in our being considered a nuisance, rather than valued citizens.

  • DaveMed

    No doubt the books in the library are well-worn and dog-eared by now.

    • David Ashton

      Be interested to know the titles.

      • Pro_Whitey

        Green Eggs and Ham? And in English? Talk about you cultural imperialism. What a monocultural hellhole that place must be.

      • antiquesunlight

        I’m sure the illiterate demons are tearing through Proust and Chekhov.

  • David Ashton

    Processed for asylum? Hello world, you 25 million or so displaced persons. Come on in, the water’s lovely.

    • Bossman

      The USA should have a policy to treat the North American neighbors differently from the rest of the world. This would be a sensible policy. The leadership of those countries expect that and want that.

      • Alexandra1973

        I am no more a North American citizen than I am a world citizen. I am an Ohioan, and an American.

        Take your globalism elsewhere. It’s not wanted here.

        • Bossman

          America is also a continent that stretches from Alaska to Argentina. The USA is just one country among many in America.

          • Since you have just admitted that there are plenty of other nations here, why do you suppose the greaseritos y greaseritas demand to impose their presence upon us?

          • Paleoconn

            Except the only people who call themselves American and who are called so by others are from the USA. You are conflating the two terms, one geographic the other nationality. The open borders people do the same ‘we are all Americans’ and similar malarkey.

      • Paleoconn

        Why should they? Mexico is Latin America, mostly mestizo. Americans are Europeans, we should have immigration policy favoring Europeans from Europe or South Africa or Australia or Argentina, wherever. Not the third world even if we have the misfortune of sharing time zones with them.

        • Bossman

          You forgot to mention Canadians. I would have no problem with an immigration policy that favored Europeans and Latin Americans.

  • Magician

    And because the government keeps on spending all its tax revenue on

    – feeding illegal immigrants and providing them with shelters
    – paying for the living of 7~10 kids given birth by single black women around the country

    The government cannot afford to help with the health care of the country and this is what happens to young people around the country – forced to declare bankruptcy if they ever suffer any wrong kind of an illness


    • In the meantime, the three of us probably do not dispose of $140 in a typical week.

    • refocus

      Are you talking about the Case For Killing Grandmother… because we have so many immigrants to feed…?

  • “Further inside they will have access to a dental care, a bilingual library, playrooms, child care, pay phones, flat-screen TVs, free Internet access, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, weightlifting equipment, a small soccer field and a soon-to-be installed playground play scape.”

    Not to mention the 50-state nightmare-scape being hurriedly installed by our open-borders overlords. Of course if there were a true competitor to the Cultural Marxist Party, other than the Stupid Cowardly Party, such grotesque Orwellian policies would likely mean a huge defeat for the Dems in the next couple of election cycles. Yes, demographics will eventually inundate conservative White voters, but let that happen later when the nation starts breaking up or there are massive repatriations.

    • mobilebay

      Pay phones! Do you mean to tell me illegals will have to ante up some pesos to call home to fifty or so relatives who might want to come and avail themselves of the goodies? How rude. Let’s order up some Obama phones immediately.

      • Someone in the White House just read your comment, shouted “Yes!” and ordered 57,000 phones.

        • RonanTheLibtardian

          And they replied: “Why would we give people free sail foams”?

      • Carlos Slim wins either way.

        Every phone call going in either direction between Mexico and here, Carlos Slim gets a cut. The ObamaPhone (actually the BushPhone) program, Carlos Slim helps the Federal government administer, for a nice chump of change.

        Not hard to attain a $76 billion fortune when you have two different governments giving you lots of stuff.

  • tancred guiscard

    So if the symbolic death of the ussr was the destruction of the berlin wall, what will signify the end of our reign?

  • Grocks

    Will the US government ever treat veterans as well as it treats invaders?

    • Yancy Derringer

      Well, let’s see… At $140 a day per illegal alien, that’s $700 a day for a woman and her four children. $4,900 per week. $254,800 on an annual basis.

  • 2eRep

    Tents, barbed wire and beans are all they need.

  • refocus

    Has anyone read a book titled CAMP OF THE SAINTS?

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      No doubt Obama has read it. For him it’s not a cautionary tale, but an instruction manual.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    This was posted by a guy named “Blue Hoss” on a Houston area link.
    I’ve seen similar versions of it floating around. It’s pretty good:

    Subject: John Legal vs. Juan Illegal

    You have two families: “John Legal” and “Juan
    Illegal”. Both families have two parents, two children, and live in
    Arizona ..

    John Legal works in construction, has a Social Security
    Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.

    Juan Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social
    Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 in cash “under the table”.

    Ready? Now pay attention….

    John Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week,
    or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; John Legal
    now has $31,231.00.

    Juan Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week,
    or $31,200 per year.Juan Illegal pays no taxes. Juan Illegal now has

    John Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited
    coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. John Legal
    now has $24,031.00.

    Juan Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through
    the state and local clinics and emergency hospitals at a cost of $0.00 per
    year. Juan Illegal still has $31,200.00.

    John Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food
    stamps or welfare. John Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000..00
    per year. John Legal now has $18,031.00.

    Juan Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for
    food stamps, WIC and welfare. Juan Illegal still has $31,200.00.

    John Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00
    per year. John Legal now has 9,631.00.

    Juan Illegal receives a $500.00 per month Federal Rent
    Subsidy. Juan Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year.
    Juan Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.

    John Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for car
    insurance. Some of that is uninsured motorist insurance. John Legal now has

    Juan Illegal says, “We don’t need no stinkin’
    insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.

    John Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay
    utilities, gasoline, etc..

    Juan Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay
    utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month..

    John Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part
    time job after work.

    Juan Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his

    John Legal’s and Juan Illegal’s children both attend the
    same elementary school. John Legal pays for his children’s lunches, while Juan
    Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch. Juan Illegal’s children
    have an after school ESL program. John Legal’s children go home.

    Now, when they reach college age, John Legal’s kids may not
    get into a State School and may not qualify for scholarships, grants or other
    tuition help, even though John has been paying for state schools through his
    taxes, while Juan Illegal’s kids “go to the head of the class”
    because they are a minority.

    John Legal and Juan Illegal both enjoy the same police and
    fire services, but John paid for them and Juan did not pay.

    If you vote for or support any politician that supports
    illegal aliens… You are part of the problem!..!.

    • kikz2

      ….and tax credits for the dozen or so kids they have or not……… which the IRS knows they don’t but pays them anyway….. to the tune of 4.2BILLION yrly. http://washington.cbslocal(dot)com/2013/10/22/report-irs-paid-4-2-billion-to-undocumented-immigrants/

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Thanks for reposting that!

      The most important phrase in the whole thing: Juan Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.

      • RonanTheLibtardian

        It’s a nice condensed picture, but there’s a person missing=John Legal’s unemployed Laborer brother. Juan Illegal has his job.

  • NotTooSwift

    I wonder if Mexico provides the “criminal” U.S. Marine. Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi similar bennies, other than the toys.

  • none of your business

    Conservatives love illegals. Conservatism is first and foremost cheap labor capitalism. If capital cannot find enough cheap labor at home, capitalism moves to Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan and other hell holes for cheap labor. But illegals swarm America with cheap labor putting Americans out of work and conservatives welcome them. Conservatives who run agriculture, construction, retail, janitor, hotel, restaurant and other businesses have posters all over Mexico and Central America with 800 numbers to call so these invaders can arrange for jobs before they leave their native sewers.
    Conservatives love Israel right or wrong above America. Conservatives have pushed America into war against Israel’s neighbors since Bush 1’s war against Iraq in the early 1990’s 25 years ago. All those young hispanic men make excellent fodder in Israel’s endless wars against its neighbors (and America as well) Conservatives rail against the outlawing of religious Christmas events such as nativity scenes and the campaign to outlaw the very word Christmas but refuse to notice the names of the attorneys and organizations that file and win lawsuit after lawsuit against Christmas and Christianity.
    Conservatives may blather about marriage and family and having children but by hiring illegals and HiB workers conservative business people have made it impossible for young White Americans to find and hold jobs that earn the family living wage that make it possible to raise White children.
    Conservatives are patriotic. Why? Everything the American government has done since Brown vs Topeka 60 years ago has been anti White. Yet conservatives love America and blather about the constitution. Conservatives are totally stupid about the constitution in that they believe in literal interpettion according to their particular views. Only the totally stupid and naive think that the constitution or any body of laws was not written to be overruled by Judges who are the real rulers of this country not elected officials (Marbury vs Madison 1804)
    Conservatives need to stop hiring illegals. Conservatives need to stop funding liberal causes. Conservatives need to stop their war mongering on behalf of Israel and the American Jews who are the attorneys and funding behind school busing, affirmative actin, unpunished black on White crime, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and who sponsored Obama since he was 20 years old and elevated him to the presidency.
    Conservatives are not the friends of Whites.

  • Correct; the lure is our welfare system. Once that eventually collapses under its own weight as the numbers of recipients increases relative to the number of taxpayers supporting it, the USA will become a much less appealing destination for these moochers. As John Engelman once wrote on this site, a generous welfare system is sustainable only if one does not invite the rest of the world over to participate in it. Our welfare system must therefore eventually implode.

  • Magician

    Year 2020 – All illegal immigrants receive the latest BMW convertible + a house, and is granted American citizenship within 48 hours after he or she illegally crosses the border.