Undocumented immigrants are now being housed in a long-closed private correctional facility in Bakersfield.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has started filling the Mesa Verde Detention Facility on Golden State Avenue, and, as of Friday, the site held 85 detainees.
ICE says this is its only facility in the San Joaquin Valley, and it’s key to meeting some of the agency’s goals.
“This facility will be in compliance with the most rigorous performance-based standards that we impose on our facilities,” ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said. She says the newly-renovated facility will be good for the people held there. “They’ll have access to the best possible conditions, and we’re very pleased about that.” …
The spokeswoman said people housed at Mesa Verde will be “foreign nationals” waiting for the final outcome of their immigration proceedings. Kice said the “vast majority” of individuals waiting on cases are not detained, but places like Mesa Verde are needed for the others.