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150 jobs could be heading to Alexandria

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WASHINGTON (KALB News Channel 5)New jobs could be heading to Alexandria.

According to a release from the office of Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., there is approximately 150 new jobs coming to the area, as a result of her two year advocacy and support for a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainee transfer center.

The 400 bed facility at England Airpark will house illegal immigrants awaiting deportation to their country of origin.

"Louisiana is doing its part to crack down on illegal immigration to the United States, and it is doing it significantly cheaper too. This investment will create 150 jobs for Alexandria and save the taxpayers money at the same time," Sen. Landrieu said. "This project will strengthen national security, save taxpayers money and create 150 new jobs in Louisiana."

"England Airpark is excited to welcome the GEO Group and the $20 million investment and 150 jobs in our community.  GEO's investment takes advantage of England's great airfield infrastructure and continues England's important role in serving the needs of our country," said John Grafton, executive director of England Airpark.

Senator Landrieu has worked closely with England over the last two years.

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