ICE Detention Office Expanding In Pueblo

Federal immigration officials are seeking additional space in southern Colorado.

That’s according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) representative, who says the agency’s detention and removal office in Denver will be obtaining more room for workers in Pueblo. Earlier in the week, Colorado Confidential reported that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) was requesting over 9,000 square feet of rental space for ICE in the counties of Fremont or Pueblo.

“The Detention and Removal Operations Office in Denver is currently working with GSA to obtain additional space for its increased personnel in Pueblo,” said ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok in an e-mail. “This is a standard request for additional space.”

According to a federal contract solicitation notice, the building will include a fortified “sally port” gate and holding cells.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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