Citizens Support ICE at Public Hearing to Expand Adelanto ICE Detention Center


Adelanto City Council 2-2 Tied Vote to Permit Expanding ICE Center:
Reverts To Planning Commission 4 to 1 Yes Vote

The virtual Adelanto City Council meeting on Wednesday included a public hearing on the private prison company’s bid to expand the West Coast’s largest immigration detention center. The GEO Group’s plan seeks to convert its 750-bed prison facility, the Desert View Modified Community Correctional Facility, into an annex for its 1,940-bed federal immigration detention center, the Adelanto ICE Processing Center.

The city council deadlocked via a 2 to 2 vote on the issue to expand the ICE facility.

According to Lloyd Pilchen, a lawyer with the City of Adelanto attorney’s office, because of the 2 to 2 vote, the permit request now reverts back to the Adelanto Planning Commission decision. The planning commission voted in favor of granting the conditional use permit by a 4 to 1 vote.

“Members of our organizations testified in support of ICE and in support of the conditional use permit 96-11,” Robin Hvidston, executive director of We The People Rising and CA State Coordinator for The Remembrance Project, said. “It was a long night that included many open border activists testifying during the public comments segment. The meeting did not end until after 3am. We were pleased to learn that according to the attorney for the city, the permit will be allowed to move forward.”

GEO’s Adelanto plan is part of the Trump administration’s bid to expand immigration detention in California, even as the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature has tried to ban private prisons and detention centers. The nonprofit groups in support of those illegally in the United States, such as the ACLU. are expected to take further action as they seek to stop the permit process to expand the Adelanto ICE Processing Center.