TX Judge's Order Blocks Child-Care License for Detention Centers

May 5, 2016
Public News Service
AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas judge has granted an immigrant rights group, Grassroots Leadership, a temporary restraining order against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, blocking its plans to license two controversial, prison-like detention facilities as child-care centers. The group filed the lawsuit claiming that the centers, managed by ICE and operated by for-profit prison corporations, are not an appropriate place to house hundreds of families with children awaiting immigration hearings.

Bob Libal, director of Grassroots Leadership, said his group went to court to stop the state from turning prisons into child-care centers.

"Essentially, what we are saying is that the Legislature has not given authority to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to license facilities like this, which are prisons," he said. "It does not have the authority to license prisons as child-care centers."