Central Falls mayor calls for meeting about detention center

March 26, 2019

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Central Falls has scheduled an emergency community meeting to discuss a detention center in the city that is again housing people detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement a decade after a man’s death there ended the practice.

Mayor James Diossa said Monday he wants to address problems with the privately-run Wyatt Detention Facility. City council members and state lawmakers plan to attend Thursday’s meeting.

Diossa says Wyatt owes money to the city and creditors, and is aiding federal immigration policies without consulting the community.

Wyatt Warden Daniel Martin says the facility “has never defaulted on its contractual agreements with the City of Central Falls,” and “plays no role in the policies of the Trump Administration or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”