If you think the federal government is wasting taxpayer dollars, you're right. Here is another way the government spent our money and accomplished nothing. This building in San Pedro, California has been inspected and deemed unsafe.
This is the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigrant detention center on Terminal Island off San Pedro, CA., owned by the Department of Homeland Security. (DHS). It housed hundreds of immigrant detainees and offices for employees.
In 2007 the Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an inspection of the building and found several unsafe conditions, mostly fire related such as:
- Sprinkler systems had been turned off
- The fire alarm system does not cover the entire building and does not connect with outside sources such as a monitoring station.
- There are no smoke detectors, horns or strobe lights.
Posing an imminent risk to employees, the OIG ordered the building closed and vacated until the problems could be fixed.
In 2008 ICE officials decided to use the building again without making any improvements, putting the lives of employees in danger.
Fast forward to 2012 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted an inspection of the facility and found many “critical life safety issues that should be addressed immediately” and that the building is not a safe work environment.
Cost to taxpayers:
Between 2008 and 2014 ICE spent $4.2M to repair the building but it was still unsafe in 2014 when the OIG made another inspection. In 2015 ICE was awarded $1.2M for more repairs. Without a solid long-term plan, ICE had the repair work done in series of small projects and patchwork repairs. The building is still unsafe and empty at a cost of $6,000,000.