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Feds propose expanding Cary immigration office

Posted June 18, 2013

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— Two years after local opposition scuttled plans for a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in a former Cary supermarket, federal officials are looking to expand the existing office in Cary.

A closed-door meeting is set for Wednesday as officials begin the pre-application process with Cary to secure more space for the ICE office.

The agency uses about 2 acres on Centrewest Court, off Evans Road, and seeks to add parking, a controlled entryway known as a sally port and other improvements. The plan would require the government to purchase some adjacent land, but it's unclear how large the expansion would be.

Town officials said there will be no special treatment for the federal government and that Cary residents shouldn't be alarmed.

In 2011, ICE considered taking over a former Kroger supermarket on N.C. Highway 55 and High House Road, but residents in the neighboring Park West subdivision persuaded Cary officials to adopt a resolution asking that the office not be placed next to a residential area.

ICE later abandoned the plans, saying the Kroger building wasn't suited for an office.

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  • grimreaper Jun 26, 2013

    Have fun with this...the illegals will flock to Raleigh/Cary in hordes...

  • JustAName Jun 19, 2013

    "And, why would the "residents" of Cary "be alarmed" about a government office being located within their community?" - affirmativediversity

    Because the illegal immigrants they do detain are more criminal than the regular illegal criminal immigrants, which is why there was a big fuss about putting in the old Kroger spot. The spot that magically got turned into a Walmart Grocery store soon after.

  • Brigand Jun 18, 2013

    Why not expand it. This is for the good of citizens of Wake County. We should fully support.

  • Commen Jun 18, 2013

    If the federal government would enforce the law, the Cary office would not need an expansion.

  • affirmativediversity Jun 18, 2013

    If Cary doesn't want it then I bet Hoke County (Raeford) would be only too happy to have it!

  • affirmativediversity Jun 18, 2013

    "Town officials said there will be no special treatment for the federal government and that Cary residents shouldn't be alarmed."

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    I wasn't aware Cary was exempt from Eminent Domain Laws?

    And, why would the "residents" of Cary "be alarmed" about a government office being located within their community?