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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is slated to open a new detention center for undocumented immigrants at the site of a Texas prison that closed in 2015 after an inmate uprising.

Willacy County commissioners have approved the contract for a 1,000-bed ICE facility, the Valley Star reported on Tuesday.

The detention center will open at the site at the former Willacy County Correctional Center in Raymondville, about 50 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

The article goes on to state the following:

The prison closed in March 2015, a month after rioting inmates destroyed much of the facility, the Valley Star reported.

County Judge Aurelio Guerra told commissioners that officials have been trying for several years to find a contract to fill the property and boost the local economy.

The prison’s closure resulted in 400 employees being laid off.

“The jobs are needed and Willacy County remains in need of improving the local economy,” Guerra said. “We’re still in need of circulating dollars.”

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