ICE is currently accepting bids for contracts to construct three new privately run family detention centers, despite past controversies over Taylor, TX family detention center T. Don Hutto Residential Center. Several reports speculated that one of these proposed centers might be in Raymondville, Texas this month.
In January 2008, when we visited Raymondville, we talked with individuals who implied that there were plans for the Willacy County Processing Center, would expand its facility to possibly house detained families. The detention center, also known as Tent City, is the largest detention center in the country and is operated by the company MTC.
The back story of the construction of the Willacy County Processing Center is a complicated story in itself.