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This should be nothing but good news for local Mexican haters, but don’t be fooled. While it may bring smiles to their faces, the story has a dark-lead lining for hardworking red-blooded Americans:

Private company plans illegal-immigrant prison in Adelanto

2,200-bed facility hinges on winning federal contract

September 21, 2009 4:23 PM


ADELANTO • A private prison operator has plans to build a 2,200-bed detention center that holds illegal immigrants on 51 acres near two other local prisons.

City Council will decide on Wednesday whether to approve the GEO Group Inc.’s development plan and conditional use permit to construct a new correctional facility on the northeast corner of Raccoon Avenue and Rancho Road.

But the proposed facility also hinges on GEO Group winning a federal contract from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to Adelanto City Manager Jim Hart.


The proposed Mexican jail in relation to Los Angeles

This is good news for Adelanto, a festering, half-abandoned foreclosure dung hole jutting out into the desert wasteland next door to Victorville. It was even harder hit by the boom and bust of the housing market. There’s a lot of crime and not too many employment opportunities. In fact, GEO Group, which already operates one private medium-security prison facility, claims to be one of Adelanto’s biggest employers.

But what’s good for the local population is not necessarily good for the local prison population. A few miles down the road in Victorville’s federal penitentiary, where the economic downturn has been taking its toll:

Local prisoners losing their jobs

July 20, 2009 – 11:10 AM

VICTORVILLE • Nearly a dozen prisoners who work in one of the four factories inside the Federal Correctional Complex are about to join the ranks of the unemployed.

The government-owned, self-supported company that employs federal prison inmates all over the country — Federal Prison Industries Inc.,

known as UNICOR — is closing factory operations at 14 prisons and downsizing operations at four more.

A memo from the Bureau of Prisons stated that UNICOR lost $20 million so far this year.

Bryan Green, spokesman for the local Victorville facility, said the cutback affects about 10 prisoners who are paid for the work they do in the factories.

“They work on the fleet side to up-fit government vehicles with special equipment,” Green said. “Most of the prisoners doing the work are minimum security.”

Green said those losing their jobs can apply at one of the three remaining facilities or at another federal prison factory anywhere in the country.

Now that these hard-working Americans were behind bars, they thought they’d finally be safe from the illegal immigrants who come around tryin’ to steal their jobs and rob then of their wages… only to be threatened once again by an illegal immigrant prisoner workforce horde housed just down the street. “Damn you, Juan Valdez! It never ends!”

This is the Home Depot parking lot nightmare scenario all over again! How can these decent, American citizen-prisoners ever make good for themselves or their families if they are forced to compete with a warehouse stuffed full with 2,000 imprisoned illegals willing to work for centavos on the dollar? What kind of a message are we sending here?

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  • 1. Johnny Foreigner  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Haha. Stupid Americans.

  • 2. porkers-at-the-trough  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 10:06 am

    oh,please!! will you QUIT with the “a festering, half-abandoned foreclosure dunghole jutting out into the desert wasteland next door to Victorville” already?

    I had an great aunt who lived in Sante Fe, loved to visit her, she had lived a good part of her life as an ex-pat in Europe (including Paris & French Riviera, but settled down in art-friendly Sante Fe for her final years. She told me how she loved the explosion of wildflowers following any seasonal rain, but afterwards, found it psychologically soothing for the return of “hot and dry” desert. (which, btw, allowed adobe walls built of nothing but mud to last for 300 years.) I now sorta agree – if Levine loves lush greenery so much, why don’t he move to the Congo?

  • 3. Dan  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I have this mental image of them shipping a couple thousand illegal immigrants up to actually build the prison, and when it’s finally finished, locking them all inside.

    I’m not sure if it’s hilarious, or prophetic.

  • 4. mcslackens  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I spent the better part of 20 years in the high desert. I can assure you, Adelanto is a cesspool of despair. The entire Victor Valley is awful, but Adelanto has always had the reputation of being Victorville’s bastard half-brother.

  • 5. Lester Ness  |  September 24th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Who would do the work if there were no immigrants? This is how America has operated for centuries.

  • 6. Ian  |  October 6th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Porkers: Your great aunt lived 750 miles from the city in question. The desert is not one big uniform nothing, and it is entirely possible for one city in it to be a hellhole while others manage to be pretty cool.

  • 7. Alexandra  |  June 4th, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Why is everyone reffering to immigrants as if they are such horrible people. I myself was born in this counrty, and am the first to do so. With the millions of people living in poverty, it is with great honor to give them a better chance for a better life. Immigrants are doing the jobs us “Americans” do not even want too.

  • 8. john  |  June 11th, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Give out of work Citizens of the U.S. jobs rounding up illegals for deportation. A simple $500 per head bounty would be a real boost to the economy where we need it, at the citizen level.

  • 9. ilsa  |  October 26th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    umm…. who ever thinks that only illegalls do the “dirty work’ . is wrong! people hire them because they are so much cheaper. BUT IT IS STILL BREAKING THE LAW! have some pride in America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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