According to the TCPalm, federal officials are looking to locate an immigration facility in Stuart. The place in question is the site of the site of the former Martin County Sheriff’s Office boot camp, which will take at least several weeks, if not months to determine, the news outlet reported.
The space would provide office space for the Criminal Alien Program and Fugitive Operations Team, which share office space with other ICE programs in Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach as well as cells to hold immigrants while they are being interviewed and processed, but it would not house detainees overnight, TCPalm reported.
“ICE needs facilities to keep (apprehended illegal immigrants),” Crowder said. “As things are right now, they’ll only take individuals if they’ve committed a major crime. If it’s a minor crime, we’re usually stuck with them, and more often than not, they end up back in the community.”