SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has acquired three proposals for a brand new detention facility for its operations in Salt Lake Metropolis, however not one of the proposals could be in-built Utah.
The federal company started its search final yr for a brand new detention facility someplace within the Salt Lake Metropolis space or a minimum of inside 180 miles from its native subject workplace and immigration court docket, The Salt Lake Tribune reported final week.
The proposals have been shared on-line by the Chicago-based Nationwide Immigrant Justice Heart, which made a Freedom of Data Act request to ICE.
The proposed places embrace Pahrump in Nye County (Nevada), situated 481 miles away; Evanston, Wyoming, situated 83 miles away; and Aurora, Colorado, situated 522 miles away.
The three proposals come from three completely different jail firms.
Chris Eager, an Orem immigration legal professional, already is aware of how troublesome it may be for legal professionals to work with shoppers who’re moved out of the state.
ICE started transferring detainees out of the state to locations like Nevada and Colorado after Utah County ended its contract to carry ICE detainees in its jail, Eager stated.
Earlier than that occurred, he stated it was simpler for him to see his shoppers, cross papers to them, get their signatures and put together them for hearings. Their households additionally had the power to go see them.
However now, Eager is pressured to journey out of state. Some shoppers must discover a new out-of-state lawyer.
“You may at all times request a telephonic listening to in immigration court docket, however that simply is not so good as being there, particularly in a tough case,” Eager stated.
He fears that having a brand new detention heart exterior of Utah will push many detainees to “merely settle for a deportation.”
ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok declined to debate contracts which may be in negotiation.