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Supervisors react to possible closing of Detention Facility

(The County is scrambling, again)….And again, it is an attempt to save hundreds of jobs.

This time it is the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Facility. The private security company contracted by ICE told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday they had been advised by ICE there was a high possibility the detention facility would be closing due to a lack of funding. The company representatives said this would cost almost 500 security officers their jobs. They pleaded with the Supervisors to do everything they could to keep the facility open. District 4 Supervisor Ryan Kelley assured them the Board would be actively involved in finding out what the reasoning is behind the decision to possibly close the facility. The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors John Renison appointed Supervisors Mike Kelley and Jack Terrazas to an Ad-Hoc committee to look into the issue. The Board was told a decision by Homeland Security could come in a week or two. Congressman Juan Vargas, US Representative for Imperial County, has already asked for a meeting with Homeland Security officials to discuss the issue.