A new date has been set for a hearing on controversial plans to build, and open a new federal Immigration, and Customs Enforcement facility on the Central Coast.
The Santa Maria City Council will now hear the matter on Thursday, March 27th, with the meeting being held at the Santa Maria Fairpark to handle the large crowd which is anticipated.
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. Opponents appealed the decision to the City Council.
ICE officials say the new complex would be administrative in nature, 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.
The hearing was originally supposed to take place today, but was rescheduled because some people living near the site didn’t get proper notification.