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Detainees Escape From Krome Detention Center
GREG MYREOctober 31, 1985
MIAMI (AP) _ Up to 40 illegal aliens escaped from an immigration service detention center by climbing over a double barbed-wire fence Thursday, hours after a rock-throwing fight involving as many as 100 detainees, authorities said.
The hourlong disturbance began about 10 a.m. when a Haitian and a Cuban detainee started fighting ″over something small, like toothpaste or soap that was missing,″ said Rivkind.
THE SWAMP SPOT
Krome Service Processing Center; Miami, FL
As more and more asylum seekers washed ashore, the federal government became increasingly overwhelmed: Where would it put everyone? Were they dangerous? Was the U.S. obligated to give all of them asylum hearings? After decrying the Carter Administration’s wavering stance on refugees, the Reagan Administration took action almost immediately. "We have lost control of our borders. We have pursued unrealistic policies,” Attorney General William French declared to Congress in 1981. “We have failed to enforce our laws effectively." French announced that Reagan had endorsed “the necessity of detaining illegal aliens pending exclusion.”
If you need information about a detainee that is housed at this facility, you may call (305) 207-2001 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. When you call, please have the individual’s biographical information ready, including first, last and hyphenated names, any aliases he or she may use, date of birth and country of birth.
Detainees cannot receive incoming calls. If you need to get in touch with a detainee to leave an urgent message, you must call (305) 207-6424 and 2202 and leave the detainee’s full name, alien registration number and your name and telephone number where you can be reached. The detainee will be given your message.