Brandywine Immigrant Detention Center

Brent Finnegan -- August 17th, 2009

From the AP: “The Pendleton County Commission is holding a public meeting this month on a company’s proposal to build a detention center for nonviolent illegal immigrants.” The center would likely house immigrants arrested in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area.

A report in today’s DNR adds:

In letters to U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., local government and business officials have said they support the construction of the center, which would be designed to house up to 1,000 “nonviolent” illegal alien detainees in Pendleton County, according to the proposal … In his Aug. 4 reply, Byrd said he would forward the officials’ letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.) It’s not yet clear if ICE or other federal agencies will endorse the plan or if federal funding would be approved for it. Local and state officials are trying to get federal backing for the center …

A spokesman for the countywide group in opposition to the potential detention center said they were happy to finally have a meeting to see how local residents felt about the facility, “but it’s probably already too late because all of this has already been put into effect and negotiated by the county commission.”

I’ve posted previous stories about the immigrant detention center in Farmville, VA. The Brandywine facility differs in that it’s closer to Harrisonburg, and there appears to be less public opposition at this point.

2 Responses to “Brandywine Immigrant Detention Center”

  1. cook says:

    This is an idea that has been floating around for years. I first heard of it around 2000-2001. Seems like the idea is coming from the wrong direction to be successful. (“It’s not yet clear if ICE or other federal agencies will endorse the plan or if federal funding would be approved for it.”)

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