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Demand prompts Calif. immigrant center to add beds

ADELANTO, Calif. (AP) -- Southern California's largest immigrant detention center is adding 650 beds as part of an expansion that will help ease overflow in the Los Angeles area.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1lR11ll) that the expansion is necessary to meet demand in the region.

An expansion project at the immigration detention center in Adelanto, about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles, will also add a women's housing unit to what has been a facility for men.

The expansion will bring the center's capacity to about 2,000 detainees. The facility holds those awaiting return to their home country or resolution of their immigration cases.

Immigrant advocacy groups oppose the facility's expansion, arguing that adding capacity to detention facilities should not be a priority.

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