Sumner County Hoping For Jobs

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Dozens of jobs may soon be headed to Sumner County. The jail is working with the federal government to run a holding facility for illegal immigrants.

The Department of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is looking to build five regional detention buildings around the country. The goal is to deal fairly with illegal immigrants while they are either naturalized or deported to their home country.

For Sumner County, getting this contract with the government would mean creating 80 to 100 jobs. "I would be foolish not to be looking at this project," said Sumner County Sheriff Gerald Gilkey.

"We are primed and ready for growth," said Wellington Chamber of Commerce President Shelley Hansel-Williams. " That's why we are going after this project."

The 300 to 400 bed facility would be located in the county on about 20 acres. It would be owned and operated by the county but funded by ICE. No word yet on when the government will make its site selections.

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