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McFarland City Council grants appeal, allows immigrant detention centers in city

Mesa Verde

The operator of the Mesa Verde immigration detention center on Golden State Avenue is GEO Group Inc.

Facing an economic crisis, the McFarland City Council voted to allow a private prison company to convert two state prisons into detention centers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a virtual meeting Thursday.

In two 4-0 votes, with Councilman Stephen McFarland recusing himself due to a conflict of interest, the council voted to allow the immigrant detention centers.

You can reach Sam Morgen at 661-395-7415. You may also follow him on Twitter @smorgenTBC.

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