Controversial plans to build a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility on the Central Coast will be decided by the Santa Maria City Council.
Despite appeals from hundreds of immigration rights advocates, the Santa Maria Planning Commission approved construction of the complex near Depot Street, and McCoy Lane.
Some of the opponents have appealed the decision to the City Council, which will now have the final say in the matter.
ICE officials say the new complex would be administrative, but immigration rights advocates fear it will lead to new efforts to detain, and deport undocumented residents in the region.
The government officials say the facility would work with local jails in the region, and deal with undocumented inmates being prepared for release, and review their cases for possible deportation.