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Taxpayers still footing bill for $85M California ICE detention center to sit empty as state becomes epicenter of illegal border crossings

Taxpayers have been shelling out hundreds of thousands of {dollars} every year to fund tons of of empty Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds at one California facility as the state has grow to be the epicent of illegal border crossings.

The Adelanto ICE Processing Center, roughly 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles, can maintain up to 1,940 detainees however has been nearly empty for years due to a COVID-19 court docket order.

However, the contractor operating the ability, The Geo Group, is still making roughly $85 million yearly regardless of it having only a handful of immigrants in custody, it revealed in a latest press launch.

Adelanto Detention Facility
The Adelanto ICE Processing Center, roughly 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles, can maintain up to 1,940 detainees however has been nearly empty for years due to a COVID-19 court docket order. Getty Images
A communal area in Adelanto detention Center
A communal space in Adelanto Detention Center, which has simply 5 detainees in custody, a supply instructed The Post. REUTERS

ICE funds area for 640 detainees within the facility, however a supply lately instructed The Post there have been simply 5 people in custody at Adelanto.

ICE contracted Geo to run the ability for a interval of 15 years beginning in 2019, however a choose’s order blocking Adelanto from taking in additional detainees in response to a lawsuit over the unfold of COVID-19 got here shortly after in 2020.

The choose’s order compelled the ability to preserve social distancing, regardless of the reversal of such orders being discarded at detention services throughout the remainder of the nation.

Detainees wait to be processed at the Adelanto ICE facility
Detainees wait to be processed on the Adelanto ICE facility. AP

ICE sources instructed The Post that with the ability sitting principally empty and the contract to fly migrants in company custody to different detention facilities throughout the nation, it’s costing more cash.

“We have to fly people out of state for housing,” one ICE supply stated.

Contractors and nonprofits “are the ones benefitting from this, while the taxpayers keep paying the bill,” the supply added.

“That’s taxpayer money, are you f–king kidding me,” a second ICE official seethed.

A guard stands in the intake area at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in Adelanto, Calif.
A guard stands within the consumption space on the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in Adelanto, Calif. AP

The Biden administration was set to shut Adelanto in December earlier than ICE launched a 60-day analysis of the ability, adopted by one other 120 days to present “additional time for potential relief from ongoing litigation that prevents full use of the facility,” Fox News reported in January.

The ICE contract with Geo to function the ability has since been prolonged to Sept. 30 to enable ICE “to realize potential relief from ongoing litigation that prevents full use of the facility,” company spokesperson Jenny Burke stated in a latest assertion.

Guards prepare to escort an immigrant detainee from his 'segregation cell' back into the general population at the Adelanto Detention Facility.
Guards put together to escort an immigrant detainee from his “segregation cell” again into the overall inhabitants at Adelanto Detention Facility in California. Getty Images

With tons of of empty beds, the ability’s vacancy presents a nationwide safety challenge as the state becomes the epicenter of illegal border crossings, sources lately instructed The Post.

Border Patrol brokers within the San Diego area to the south are overwhelmed as it becomes the highest sector for illegal crossings for the primary time in many years with 37,000 migrant encounters in April alone.

Agents in San Diego arrested 10,000 migrants from 69 nations inside one week in April, in accordance to Chief Border Patrol Agent Patricia McGurk-Daniel.

“[The Biden administration’s] inaction has resulted in the release of Special Interest Aliens — individuals from countries with adversarial positions towards the United States — into American communities rather than detaining them per usual protocol,” retired Denver ICE chief John Fabbricatore lately instructed The Post.

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