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Upscale Florida town in fight over proposed prison for immigrants

Angry residents say officials kept them in the dark

By Laura Wides-Muņoz
Associated Press / November 24, 2011
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In one of South Florida’s upscale, rural enclaves, where peacocks roam and horse trails are as common as sidewalks, town leaders decided to bring in much of their money from an unusual business: a prison. Only the leaders of Southwest Ranches kept their plans quiet from residents for almost a decade, and the project has now ballooned into what would be among the federal government’s largest immigrant detention centers. Many residents finally caught wind of the idea this year, when U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement announced a tentative deal, and they’re angry.

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