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Arizona: ICE center officially opens in Florence

January 21, 2010

Charlotte Burrous writes for the Canon City Daily Record:

FLORENCE — After running into problems earlier in 2009, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing center was completed and opened its doors for the first time Dec. 16.

Contracted by General Services Administration, Floyd Sax and Dave Cunningham purchased the land from Fremont County to build the ICE facility, but ran into problems when they got into a dispute with the county and the City of Florence on who was responsible for installing a water pump to bring water across the road.

When the City of Florence adamantly refused to pay for the new pump, the contractors reluctantly agreed to do it on the contingency that if others build on the west side of Colo. 67, they would be responsible for paying their fair share of the pump’s installation.

After the dispute was settled, the contractors completed the building in the middle of December.

“This one is an ICE detention and removal office building only,” said public affairs officer Carl Rusnok. “We use this building to process people, who are arrested or turned over by another law enforcement agency. It has three holding cells that are temporary.”

The detainees are held in the local ICE facility for no more than two hours after they’re first taken into custody. After they are processed in Fremont County, the detainees will be sent to different detention centers around the state, Rusnok said.

However the building does not belong to ICE. [Read the rest of the article here.]

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