Company proposes $35M immigration detention center
A company has proposed opening a privately operated federal immigration detention center at the site of a prison in the region that was closed in 2009.
The Detroit Free Press reported Immigration Centers of America, which operates a detention facility in Farmville, Virginia, was the sole bidder for the former Deerfield Correctional Facility in Ionia.
The newspaper said the $35-million facility would house adult immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement who haven't been charged with or convicted of criminal offenses.
Dennis Muchmore, a former chief of staff to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder who is now a lobbyist working for the detention center company, said Michigan hasn't approved the sale.
He said the federal government would also need to issue a request for a facility to hold about 500-600 detainees.