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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 12:28 PM
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27. A couple in Florida allowed to see each other once a week, across a table.
I guess this goes on all over. Does anyone know the name of the Broward county detention center? I did not know of it.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/article94928...

"They came to the United States and asked for asylum, but their request was turned down. Then, two months ago at dawn, there was a knock on the door of their Dunedin home. Immigration officials put handcuffs and leg shackles on them and took them away, saying the couple had overstayed their visa.

They ended up in a immigration detention facility in Broward County, where they were allowed to see each other only once a week, while sitting across from each other at lunch. Mrs. Akapo celebrated her 61st birthday last week while locked up in Broward. Members of Union Street were outraged at the treatment the Akapos received.

"Technically and legally, they could do that because their visas had expired," Mayeux said. But, she said, no one expected the government to take action while the Akapos' case was on appeal.

"They weren't hiding," Mayeux said. "We were shocked. We were all surprised when they got picked up."

The church rallied around them, collecting money to pay their bills and working to free them."
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