A Berks County commissioner has decided that after partnering with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain families for decades, it’s time for the county to end the relationship.
Kevin Barnhardt, a Democrat, had previously defended the Berks County Residential Center.
But he said Tuesday, he is now concerned about the direction of federal immigration policy.
The Berks center is one of just three ICE facilities in the country that house detained families. The county runs it via a contract with ICE, and gets around a million dollars in reimbursement annually.