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Utah county will no longer house undocumented immigrants at local jail

ADELANTO, CA - NOVEMBER 15: A guard escorts an immigrant detainee from his 'segregation cell' back into the general population at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. Most detainees in segregation cells are sent there for fighting with other immigrants, according to guards. The facility, the largest and newest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention center in California, houses an average of 1,100 immigrants in custody pending a decision in their immigration cases or awaiting deportation. The average stay for a detainee is 29 days. The facility is managed by the private GEO Group. ICE detains an average of 33,000 undocumented immigrants in more than 400 facilities nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

ADELANTO, CA - NOVEMBER 15: A guard escorts an immigrant detainee from his 'segregation cell' back into the general population at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. Most detainees in segregation cells are sent there for fighting with other immigrants, according to guards. The facility, the largest and newest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention center in California, houses an average of 1,100 immigrants in custody pending a decision in their immigration cases or awaiting deportation. The average stay for a detainee is 29 days. The facility is managed by the private GEO Group. ICE detains an average of 33,000 undocumented immigrants in more than 400 facilities nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)  (2013 Getty Images)

Utah County officials have approved a request to terminate a 20-year agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house those who have been convicted of entering the country unlawfully.

The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2bhjRoI ) that under the agreement, Utah County allowed ICE to detain immigrants at the county jail. The request from the Utah County Sheriff's Office to end the deal was recently approved by the Board of Commissioners.

Undersheriff Mike Forshee says the decision comes as the jail is running out of space.

Last week, immigrants awaiting deportation or appeal hearings made up nearly a third of the jail's population cap.

A spokesman for ICE says the agency is working to remove the detainees from the jail within 120 days, as requested by the county.

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