Zoning Commission rejects proposal to put ICE facility in North Lubbock

Published: Aug. 3, 2018 at 2:38 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 at 4:01 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously denied a proposal by GWB Real Estate to place a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing facility in north Lubbock on Thursday.

The commission originally recommended this proposal to the Lubbock City Council in May 2018, but the council denied the proposal with a 3 to 2 vote.

Bryan Michael Neal, one of the owners of the real estate company, said there were some misunderstandings regarding the proposal and he wanted to clarify those things to the commission.

The processing facility would not become a detention facility, Neal said. Detainees could only be held for 12 hours maximum.

"I think that most people are unaware that ICE is currently operating in Lubbock and has been since 2006," Neal said.

Neal said the current Lubbock ICE office is operating out of the Federal Courthouse building.

The commission gave people the chance to speak their mind on this issue. More than ten speakers took to the podium to tell the commission their worries about the proposal.

Raymond Olmedo, one of the speakers at the meeting, said he organized a Facebook group called "Lubbock Anti-ICE Coalition" in reaction to this meeting.

Olmedo said people all over the political spectrum have expressed concern with ICE

"People are not comfortable with ICE," Olmedo said. "People of all political tendencies have expressed serious concern about what ICE is doing and this is just facilitating things for them."

The commission will not recommend to the council that the ICE facility be placed in North Lubbock.

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