Mayor frustrated at RI prison holding immigration detainees

March 29, 2019

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island mayor says he’s frustrated with a local prison for once again housing people detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa says he first heard about ICE’s presence in the city on March 10, which was when the detainees moved into the Wyatt Detention Facility. The facility previously stopped housing people detained by ICE a decade ago after an inmate’s death ended the practice.

Documents indicate ICE has requested to use 225 beds at Wyatt, but Diossa says his administration never approved the contract with the federal agency.

A spokesman for the prison disputes Diossa’s claim, saying it informed the administration about likely immigration detentions.

ICE said in a statement that Wyatt will comply with agency standards for detainments.