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Feds back off proposed immigration office in Cary

Posted July 12, 2011

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— Plans to locate a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in a former Kroger supermarket on N.C. Highway 55 and High House Road have been abandoned, officials said Tuesday.

Residents in the Park West subdivision opposed the idea, saying they were concerned about such a facility next-door to their Cary neighborhood.

"I don't know of too many office buildings that have detention cells in them," Mark Howard, president of the Park West Homeowners Association, told WRAL News last month.

The neighborhood opposition prompted the Cary Town Council to adopt a resolution asking the government not to locate the ICE office near a residential area.

Danielle Bennett, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said ICE needs to relocate because its lease at a Cary office park is almost up, and the old Kroger store was among a number of sites under consideration.

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

The General Services Administration, which handles federal government offices, said in a news release Tuesday that none of the proposed locations, including the Kroger, met the specifications for an ICE office.

The GSA plans to reopen the search process for the office, which will consolidate three area ICE facilities, and consider other options, officials said.

"I think GSA has made the right decision to cancel this move and to reopen the consideration of lease options," 4th District Congressman David Price, who represents part of Cary, said in a statement. "It’s important that the Town of Cary and local residents be fully included in any decision about the location of a law enforcement facility of such a significant size in their community."

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  • h3ardita11b4 Jul 14, 2011

    the comments are hysterical! great comedic stuff, for sure. the green eyed bandits are ALWAYS in rare form when it comes to Cary....

  • kota069 Jul 14, 2011

    "Well of course the precious Cary residents do not want a place fir illegals in there town they just want the illegals to live among them. Look I got neighbors who speak spanish outside all the time and it makes me sick. I live in AMERICA and I speak English our language. I am so tired of hearing this language that I want to fight for a law to only allow English in this country if you live here. Everyone who lives in a country should only speak that country's language in public. I know in Mexico you better speak Spanish or stay quiet cause no one there will help you." barbstillkickin July 14, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    Touche!!!!

  • kota069 Jul 14, 2011

    Naw, let's don't dirty up our C-oncentrated A-rea of R-tarded Y-ankees by hosting a facility that is (by name) one of the most important "American" facilities that exists.

    May CARY fall into a sink hole.

  • barbstillkickin Jul 14, 2011

    Well of course the precious Cary residents do not want a place fir illegals in there town they just want the illegals to live among them. Look I got neighbors who speak spanish outside all the time and it makes me sick. I live in AMERICA and I speak English our language. I am so tired of hearing this language that I want to fight for a law to only allow English in this country if you live here. Everyone who lives in a country should only speak that country's language in public. I know in Mexico you better speak Spanish or stay quiet cause no one there will help you.

  • affirmativediversity Jul 13, 2011

    Why not look outside the triangle...a little decentralizing of government services could go a long way...say like in a small town that really needs jobs!

    How about relocating to somewhere like Hoke County?

  • cantstandya Jul 13, 2011

    If they are working here they must be getting paid so why not first find out who they were employed by, fine them use that money for deportation cost,or confiscate illegals possessions using the proceeds to pay for transportation to their border of entry if the ACLU protest these actions make them liable for cost of any legal actions they wish to embark on,the laws are on our side if we would have them enforced.

  • IzzMad2016 Jul 13, 2011

    "It cracks me up that Cary is afraid of immigrants, the whole Town is full of immigrants."

    Who said Cary was afraid of immigrants? Where in the story does it say that? ICE may be downplaying the purpose they intended by saying "offices" now, but they also refer to it as an "enforcement" center which implies something much more serious undertone.

  • Enuffalready Jul 13, 2011

    ummm @Defiant, since Dix opened in 1850 I am guessing most folks that move in the vicinity knew it was there.. Why don't you knock that chip off your shoulder and "join the human race" instead of sitting around being a hater.

  • jennylock2004 Jul 13, 2011

    we want them deported but do not want to have a place to detain them. i will offer my home. anything is better than continuing to give illegals a free ride on my dime. this does not include any imigrants paying taxes and living by laws like myself. had to clarify that. Cary wins again

  • Defiant Jul 13, 2011

    "It’s important that the Town of Cary and local residents be fully included in any decision about the location of a law enforcement facility of such a significant size in their community."

    Why? Most low income families don't get a say. Residence around Central Prison and Dorothea Dix don't get a say. I hate to break it to you citizens of Cary - you are a part of the human race just like everyone else whether you want to be or not. Get over yourselves.

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