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ICE Wants New Jails in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

ICE wants to house up to 900 detainees within 60 miles of its New York City and Newark field office even as the detainee population decreases

Deanna Garcia

Oct 27, 2020

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is considering building more immigration jails in New York and New Jersey even as the number of immigrant detainees in those areas and nationwide decrease. ICE is requesting information on detention sites that could house up to 900 detainees within a 60-mile radius of its New York City and Newark field office in New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania, documents show. The proposed new facilities would have 900 low-, medium–low-, medium–high- and high-security beds for 850 male and 50 female immigrant detainees. They must be “capable of providing detention, medical, and armed transport services, including the physical structures, equipment, personnel, and vehicles,” the documents say. NorthJersey.com

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