State in talks to repurpose Berks Family Residential Center

State in talks to repurpose Berks Family Residential Center

State officials have quietly engaged in talks to repurpose a controversial immigrant detention center over the last four months, a spokesperson for Gov. Tom Wolf has confirmed. 

Negotiations to close the Berks Family Residential Center, one of only three federal facilities in the country that detains undocumented immigrants, began in July after a Berks County commissioner came out in opposition to the facility.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Wolf Administration says Berks County Residential Center conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order

Wolf Administration says Berks County Residential Center conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order

As federal immigration raids have reignited a national debate on immigration policy, Pennsylvania is facing an immigration-related conundrum of its own — what to do with a federal facility in Berks County that houses immigrants without documentation.

Activists have called on Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to unilaterally shut down the Berks County Residential Center (BCRC), but officials say current conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order (ERO).
Tuesday, July 23, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Berks County Detention Center receives mixed reviews after legislative visit; PA residents still hope to shut it down

Berks County Detention Center receives mixed reviews after legislative visit; PA residents still hope to shut it down

Earlier this summer Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) and Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) took a tour of the Berks County Detention Center. The center is one of three family detention centers in the country but multiple legislators and advocacy groups are hoping to shut it down. 
Tuesday, August 21, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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