Monday, February 20, 2012

Are TDCJ numbers on immigrant non-citizen employees correct ?

Texas Senator Kel Seliger, Amarillo
By Doug Glass, Backgate Website

 In 2009, State Senator Kel Seliger (R) from Amarillo, went on record as being opposed to the practice of TDCJ hiring immigrants on temporary work visa status in the United States. At the time of his remarks in 2009, TDCJ employed 30 immigrant workers, with the majority coming from Nigeria and other African countries. The number now is predicted to be far higher and estimated as high as 50, although a TDCJ spokesperson provided a statement that stated there were now only 26 immigrant employees working under immigrant visa status in the agency.  Of those 26, the "majority" were said to be assigned to units in Region III. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Department of Labor, who also document immigrant workers, have both received official information requests from the Backgate and reps from both federal agencies state that documentation is being processed to provide accurate numbers.

The Backgate reached out to Senator Seliger last week about the potential increase in hiring of immigrant employees by TDCJ, and was also advised of the lack of cooperation provided by the TDCJ in providing those numbers to the general public. Senator Seliger is expected to provide the Backgate a phone interview this week. Details of that interview will posted here. Stay tuned.

18 comments:

  1. There are more than 26 assigned to just one shift on Darrington, let alone all the ones on the other units. Those numbers are way, way, low.

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  2. They must have forgot to put the "1" in front of their number.

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  3. A 1? That might cover the ones at Darrington. lol

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  4. I think TDCJ is saying there are 26 on temp work visas, not 26 Nigerians. They are probably under a different status. Now ask TDCJ how many of those Nigerians they hand a radio to when communication counts :-) Hey- stop your crying- I'm cool with the Nigerians on my shift... I just can't always understand them.

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  5. they have to be talking percentage,either way I'm there getting some type of kickback to hire that many.

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  6. As in an under-the-table kickback? Not official? Cause unimportant payments aren't hidden- they'd be visible. That's something the crack staff at the Backgate could find- assuming it exists. I don't think there is any kickback. I think TDCJ has a tough time staffing, and these Nigerians know a good thing when they see it... as do we ;-)

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  7. I would agree with 06:58 above. BTW, the Nigerians I've worked directly with I got no complaints about.

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  8. Getting kickback of what most Nigerians working as correctional officers have degree few with masters,tempoary work visa mean the the department of immigiration has giving permission to work until the paper finally approved,this take about a year,and over 95% get approved Darrington figures of more than 26 with a tempoary working visa in a shift is totally wrong!!!!

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  9. they must all be at Hutchins Unit...

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  10. heard the employment of Nigerians on Jester 1 and other units is about to be investigated again. Too many complaints about Nigerians on Jester 1. Complaints that they are racist to white inmates.




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  11. I have no problem with people wanting to work but the state needs to boost the pay for its a American citizens first! Then see what happens? I bet that staffing shortage would tighten up then! Our correction officers are paid below poverty wages in this economy, its not that they dont want to work! They have to eat!

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  12. American citizens should be the only ones who are allowed to have these jobs. Correctional Officers should be paid more and have more rights than the inmates. Not only are they hiring Africans I have been told by African's working at various units that they get an additional check for not being citizens?

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  13. How are background checks done on Africans? They are not!

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