ICE interested in more detention sites for immigrants, including in Salt Lake City area

Salt Lake Tribune staff photo | The Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake City Field Office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at 2975 Decker Lake Drive West Valley City.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is soliciting information from private and public contractors for possible new detention sites in the Salt Lake City area for detained immigrants.

In a request for information posted to a federal contracting website last week, ICE said it was attempting to identify “multiple possible detention sites to hold criminal aliens and other immigration violators,” who are priorities for detention and deportation under policies amended by the Trump Administration.

The request specifically sought information for possible new facilities in the Salt Lake City region, as well as Chicago, Detroit and St. Paul, Minn.

Any potential facilities in the Salt Lake region must be within a 180-mile radius of the local ICE field office, at 2975 S. Decker Lake Drive in West Valley City, and within 30 minutes of a hospital. That facility or facilities must have the capacity to house 200 to 600 inmates, ICE’s request said.

In addition to housing and detaining the inmates, the sites must be able to provide them with food, utilities, medical care, dental care, transportation services and meet other requirements outlined by ICE. Though “dedicated ICE facilities” are preferred, the request says, “facilities shared with other detained populations will be considered” if they separate the ICE detainees from other inmates.

In accordance with executive orders from President Donald Trump, an ICE official said Tuesday, Congress has been asked to consider an increase of more than $1.2 billion in funding for detention beds, which would support an average of 48,000 new adult inmates.

In the 100 days following Trump’s executive order, which loosened restrictions on undocumented immigrants considered a “priority” for deportation, the arrest rate more than tripled for people suspected of “noncriminal” offenses, or immigration violations, in the Salt Lake City region, which includes Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Montana. When compared to the year before, the arrest rate for convicted criminal offenders remained stagnant.

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