A public hearing to decide the fate of a controversial federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency facility proposed for the Central Coast has been postponed.
The Santa Maria City Council was supposed to look at the issue next Wednesday. However, city officials some residents who live near the site didn’t receive proper notification of the hearing in time. A new date hasn’t been set yet.
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.
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. But opponents worry that the center will lead to new crackdowns in the region on undocumented residents. Opponents have filed multiple appeals of the Planning Commission’s approval, which means it’s now up to the City Council to decide the issue.