Willacy County Tent City

Willacy County Commissioners Court met on July 2nd to vote on an IGSA to reopen its notorious private detention center. You can read more about the prison, known in the past as “tent city” and RITMO, or Raymondville’s GITMO, in this Texas Observer article.
ICE and Willacy County are trying to do this deal in secrecy, without public input or having the deal scrutinized.
On Friday, July 6, 2018, at 2:45 p.m. help us pack the Willacy County Commissioners Court (576 W Main Ave #145, Raymondville, TX 78580) and make your voice be heard.
The decision to have a closed meeting came after the county secretary informed us that they are being flooded with calls against the reopening of RITMO. We need you to help us keep the pressure on this issue. We cannot allow for people’s lives to be decided behind a closed door vote!! We cannot stand idle as the Willacy County Commissioners Court try to provide space for Trump to expand his cruel mass deportation enforcement machine in our backyard!!
Please call and email the Willacy County Commissioners Court, telling them to stop the secrecy and postpone this vote until a regularly scheduled County Commissioners Court meeting!
Here are the Willacy County Commissioners numbers:
County Judge — Hon. Aurelio “Keter” Guerra
Office (956) 689-3393
aurelio.guerra@co.willacy.tx.us
County Commissioner Precinct 1 — Hon. Eliberto “Beto” Guerra
Office (956) 689-4214
roseanna.ramirez@co.willacy.tx.us

County Commissioner Precinct 2 — Hon. Oscar Deluna
Office (956) 689-4214
cindy.concha@co.willacy.tx.us

County Commissioner Precinct 3 — Hon. Henry De La Paz
Office (956) 689-4214
henry.delapaz@co.willacy.tx.us

County Commissioner Precinct 4 — Hon. Eduardo “Eddy” Gonzales
Office (956) 689-4214
eduardo.gonzales@co.willacy.tx.us

The private Prison contractor, MTC, has confirmed to that the deal is not final, and the county is voting on amending the agreement this Friday at 2:45 p.m, BUT they are trying to hold this vote behind closed doors! We demand transparency and to have a voice in what happens in our backyard!!
The decision to have a closed meeting came after the county secretary informed us that they are being flooded with calls against the reopening of RITMO. We need you to help us keep the pressure on this issue. We cannot allow for people’s lives to be decided behind a closed door vote!! We cannot stand idle as the Willacy County Commissioners Court try to provide space for Trump to expand his cruel mass deportation enforcement machine in our backyard!!
NO CLOSED DOOR VOTE. NO NEW DETENTION CENTER IN WILLACY!!
Keep calling and emailing! We also ask that on Friday, July 6, 2018, at 2:45 p.m. help us pack the Willacy County Commissioners Court (576 W Main Ave #145, Raymondville, TX 78580) and make your voice be heard.