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More Appeals Filed Over Controversial Proposal To Open Immigration and Customs Enforcement Facility On Central Coast

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 1:48pm

Two more appeals have been filed over controversial plans to build a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility on the Central Coast, bringing the total number to four.

The Santa Maria Planning Commission approved construction of the complex near Depot Street, and McCoy Lane in Santa Maria following a public hearing that drew thousands of people.

Some opponents have appealed the decision to the City Council, which will now have the final say in the matter. The most recent appeals included one from an Orcutt man, and one from a Bay Area based group which is fighting for undocumented residents rights.

ICE officials say the new complex would be administrative, but immigration rights advocates fear it will lead to new efforts to detain, and deport undocumented residents in the region.

The government officials say the facility would work with local jails in the region, and deal with undocumented inmates being prepared for release, and review their cases for possible deportation.

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