State revokes license of midstate center housing immigrants

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 30, 2016 4:37 PM

(Leesport) -- The commonwealth is revoking the license of a midstate residential facility that's one of three detention centers the federal government uses to house asylum-seeking immigrant families. 

The state Department of Human Services says it won't renew the Berks County Residential Center's license because the facility continues holding immigrant children and adults.

The agency said the center's operation as a federal immigration facility is inconsistent with its licensing as a child residential center. 

It notified the county-owned facility of their decision in a letter dated January 27th.

The license revocation takes effect February 21st. 

Berks County officials declined comment. 

A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the agency is reviewing the state's letter "to determine the appropriate next steps.'' 

The center in Bern Township has been under contract with immigration authorities since 2001. Two other centers are in Texas.  

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