Critics say the $32 million facility, known as the Karnes County Civil Detention Center, is not needed. The center, unveiled on Tuesday, was built as part of an agreement between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Florida-based The GEO Group, which already runs a jail here. It spans 29 acres and has 608 beds, with the capability of expanding to 1,200. It will hold nonviolent, low-risk adult men apprehended in Texas. Detainees will start arriving this month. ICE has faced pressure from immigrant advocates and some members of Congress to improve detention conditions for the roughly 400,000 immigrants it houses annually.
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