Jones County Possibly Housing Illegal Immigrants

By Kimberly Sears |

Published 07/16 2014 06:01PM

Updated 07/23 2014 09:05AM

Jones County could potentially house undocumented immigrants. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents recently visited the Jones County Secure Treatment Facility.

That facility began construction in 2009 and finished in 2010. Since then, the building has sat unused for four years.

The federal government agency, ICE, visited the facility in May. They could potentially use the facility to house undocumented adults and unaccompanied minors. The facility is low security and has 1,100 beds.

People in the Anson area are concerned that their tax dollars would be used to pay for the housing of illegal immigrants.

If the ICE Agency plans to use the facility, it could benefit the Anson community by creating more jobs. The city would also receive money through water and sewer costs. Everything the facility would need, such as medical amenities and other expenses will be paid for by the federal government.

Judge Spurgin said that Anson's locations appealed to the ICE Agency since they sit on major highways and are close to Abilene for an airport and hospitals.

Nothing is definite right now. Judge Spurgin says, "The facility has been unused for four years and it could stay that way."

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