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The Record
January 3, 2019

New law could lead to closure of Mesa Verde, but outcome remains unknown after decision by McFarland to end agreement with ICE
By Sam Morgen

ICE entered into a contract, known as an intergovernmental service agreement, with the city of McFarland in 2015 to use the detention facility located in Bakersfield. “They are very, very common,” said Susan Long, co-director of Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, known as TRAC, an organization at Syracuse University that tracks immigration statistics across the United States. “It turns out that this is a source of revenue that some counties and cities rely on.” Since 2015, ICE has paid McFarland about $35,000 a year, and in return, McFarland has contracted Geo Group Inc., a private prison company, to detain immigrants for ICE.

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