ICE, residents meet over proposed prison

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Hundreds of concerned residents attended a meeting on Saturday to learn about a new detention facility planned for western Broward County.

This was the first time residents heard from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the private company that will run the facility.

Outside the meeting, irate residents shouted, "Go away CCA." Corrections Corporation of America owns the 24-acre parcel of land off 196 Avenue and Stirling Road in Southwest Ranches. The proposed ICE detention center will have 1,500 beds and house illegal immigrants before they are deported.

Residents in neighboring Pembroke Pines are concerned the new facility will drive down property values, increase traffic and bring crime to the area.

The mayor of Southwest Ranches said the construction of the center will bring 1,000 temporary jobs.

The city of Pembroke Pines agreed to provide fire and EMS services as well as water services, but on Saturday, the vice mayor of Pembroke Pines said she will move to terminate that contract.

During the meeting, hundreds of residents booed the mayor of Southwest Ranches for supporting the new detention center. Many residents said their local government leaders did not do enough to inform them about the plans for the land.

There is currently a women's detention center on the property.

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