Feds Reject Ariz. County’s Proposal To Be Paid More To House Immigration Detainees

CBS Las Vegas

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — In a development that could cost some Pinal County jail employees their jobs, the federal government has rejected the county proposal that it be paid more to house immigration detainees.

The county had notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement in April that it would terminate the county’s money-losing contract unless the federal agency accepted the county’s proposal to raise the daily per-detainee payment rate.

County officials learned of the rejection on Tuesday, just 10 days before the contract’s expiration, the Casa Grande Dispatch reported.

The county intended for the contract initially signed in 2006 to help pay for construction of the new jail. However, county officials say it has turned out that the county’s taxpayers have been subsidizing federal costs for detention.

The county proposed increasing the daily rate per detainee to $87.96 from $59.64.

The number of detention officers and employees who could lose their…

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