Migrant Caravan

In this Jan. 8 file photo, a man holds on to the border wall along the beach, in Tijuana, Mexico. The migrant caravan that was seized upon by U.S. President Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2018 election has quietly dwindled to a few hundred people, with many of them having crossed into the U.S. or put down roots in Mexico.

ESTANCIA, N.M. — Officials have decided to reopen a private prison in New Mexico to hold local inmates as well as immigrants being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Torrance County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to open the detention center in the rural town of Estancia under an agreement with the federal agency.

The contract stipulates for ICE to pay the county nearly $2 million per month during the first year of prison use, allowing up to 714 immigrants to be housed.

The price will increase in subsequent years. Only adult men will be held in the facility.

Officials say the agreement will provide the county with 240 jobs.

Officials say the county will also sign agreement with private prison operator CoreCivic for it to run the facility and hire staff.

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