Legacy of Crystal City’s Internment Camps

Robyn Ross’s 2014 article for the Texas Observer, “Legacy of Crystal City’s Internment Camps,” discusses the Crystal City, Texas, Family Internment Camp of WW II, which provided much needed work for many Crystal City residents. The article outlines the history of the Enemy Alien Control Program and interviews former internees, as well as discussing the balance between national security and personal liberty. Currently, a private prison in the vicinity is filled with Immigration and Customs Enforcement inmates: foreign citizens who’ve entered the country illegally and are awaiting deportation. It, too, provides jobs in the economically depressed area.