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Cary neighborhood opposes potential immigration office

Posted June 27, 2011

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— A group of homeowners in Cary is gearing up for a fight over a possible immigration office.

The federal government is considering moving its local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office from a Cary office park to a former Kroger supermarket on N.C. Highway 55 and High House Road.

"As a mother, I have concerns about a detention-type facility literally in my neighborhood," resident Tricia Assaid said Monday.

Residents of the Park West neighborhood found a flier in their mailboxes recently alerting them to a possible move by ICE to the area.

Danielle Bennett, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said ICE is relocating because its lease is almost up, and the old Kroger store is among a number of sites under consideration.

"Obviously, we are concerned that the community members are alarmed, but we want them to know what this is and what this is not," Bennett said.

Like ICE's current office in Cary, the new space will be used as an office, not a detention center, she said.

Possible ICE office Cary neighborhood opposes potential immigration office

"Like any law enforcement building, it's going to contain secure areas for holding and interviewing people that we arrest, but there is going to be no overnight bed space," she said.

The Park West Homeowners Association has called an emergency meeting for Tuesday night to fight any ICE move into the area. Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and members of the Town Council have been invited to the meeting.

"It's a very inappropriate location, we think, judging from the locations that ICE usually uses," said Mark Howard, president of the homeowners group. "I don't know of too many office buildings that have detention cells in them."

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  • CrazyFoxofCary Jun 29, 2011

    Currently the Kroger Building has been vacant for almost 2 years and there is little or no maintenance whatsoever. Hate to think what it will look like in 2 more at this rate. Turning this into an office will at least keep the place viable.

  • UseSomeLogicPlease Jun 29, 2011

    So many people commented on what the ICE office does or will do, and actually have never even been there. I have been to this OFFICE numerous times, with my LEGALLY immigrated husband. (side note: People hear the word "immigration" and they think "illegal Hispanics jumping the border") Let me tell you the majority of what does go on it this place, no matter what a little clipping you get off a website says: boring paperwork. Interviews. Paperwork. People getting their picture taken for ID purposes. Paperwork. Processing. Lots and lots of paperwork. We've submitted over 700 pages worth of stuff over the course of several years, and the people in the ICE offices get to read it and process it. :) The legal immigration process is incredibly long, expensive, tedious, and probably one of the most misinformed hot topics. Talk to some people who have actually worked with ICE, and then make your decisions or protests.

  • UseSomeLogicPlease Jun 29, 2011

    1) Most people entering this OFFICE are NOT illegals! That would be a very dumb move...
    2) Shackled folks being led inside? Of course, that's going to be done, and frequently, right through the front door where everyone can see (let's be realistic, even if you DON'T know details or procedures)
    3) I'll bet not one single person protesting the move has actually ever been to an ICE office, so they don't even know what goes on behind its doors, what it will and will not bring to the neighborhood, or what the heck they're even protesting! Even snobs can be ignorant fools.

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 29, 2011

    "But then, I wouldn't personally buy a house next door to commercial property - you never know what could go in there....so..."

    The houses in West Park were there long before the complex that this abandoned Kroger is in was built. I know this for a fact because I lived in West Park when the construction began.

  • pulstar40 Jun 29, 2011

    The facility is ALREADY IN CARY! I think folks need to re-read the article before screaming that Cary-ites don't want the facility at all. It's currently located in a more industrial area in an office complex. The town wants to move it from there to a retail/residential area. Furthermore, it's NOT going to be just offices. There WILL be detention cells (confirmed at a neighborhood meeting last night), and shackled folks being led inside. The just won't be kept there overnight, but it certainly will be a sight to behold.

  • WritNEWlaws Jun 28, 2011

    THIS JUST IN: Many Caryites have drowned in the storm passing through due to their noses are turned up so high into the air!

  • Timtooltime Jun 28, 2011

    If you cross over Hwy 55 on the west side you will see hundreds of illegall's buliding custom homes for the well to do. They also have them cut their grass, paint their houses, for the cheap labor ! They are as big a problem as the contractors and home owners who hire them ! I say fine them !!! :)

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Jun 28, 2011

    Cary, Chapel Hill - liberal warrens in an otherwise conservative state. "Don't do like I do, do what I say." is their motto.

  • Lena Jun 28, 2011

    There are a lot of comments in this blog but it's not obvious what exactly is being proposed. some people are saying it's just an office that does immigration paperwork and processing. If that were it, I don't too many people would have issues. ICE web site says:

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the second largest investigative agency in the federal government. Created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in offices in all 50 states and 48 foreign countries.

    ICE's primary mission is to promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade, and immigration. The agency has an annual budget of more than $5.7 billion dollars, primarily devoted to its

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 28, 2011

    THIS JUST IN:

    Cary residents whining they don't want it in their backyard get 24 hours to change their tune. Otherwise they'll place 2 of these offices side by side right there in their precious backyard.

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