A couple of weeks ago we reported on the plight ofPol Brennan
, the former Irish Republican Army man held in a Federal lock-up in the Valley on an immigration charge.
A lot has happened since. The day our story hit the street, Hurricane Dolly tore through Los Fresnos, but Brennan wasn’t there to see it, as the jail was evacuated the day before.
Nervous again about his supposed reputation as a flight risk, prison officials singled out Brennan for special treatment. Along with another inmate with an escape history, a shackled Brennan was into a windowless van and trucked 14 hours west to another detention center in New Mexico. There, Brennan was promptly placed in solitary.
Yesterday, he was trundled back to Texas and is now in Pearsall’s South Texas Detention Complex near San Antonio.
The news hasn’t been all bad for Brennan, though. Two more U.S. Congressmen – Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal and New York Republican Jim Walsh -- have joined Rep. Peter King in support of Brennan’s bail petition.
– John Nova Lomax
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.