RAYMONDVILLE, TX – A couple of thousand people who came into the United States illegally looking for a new home are getting new homes, only their new digs will be in different prisons.
A riot at the Willacy County Correction Center in Raymondville over the weekend left the South Texas federal “tent city” prison unusable.
Now about 2,900 inmates are heading to different prisons this week.
The Raymondville compound consists of ten huge tents, which is why the locals call the place “tent city.”
The uprising started during breakfast last Friday when the inmates, mostly illegal immigrants, refused to eat or report to their work details to protest what they said were poor medical services.
Pretty soon, about 2,000 of them used pipes as weapons to break out of their tents and set fires inside three of them.
Three inmates and two correctional officers were hurt, but none seriously.
The Utah-based Management and Training Corporation that operates the prison says most of the inmates are illegal immigrants with criminal records, with some of them awaiting deportation.
That will probably have to wait while federal authorities figure how to punish people already in prison.