- Associated Press - Monday, June 13, 2016

ALICE, Texas (AP) - The plug has been pulled on a proposal to turn a former South Texas nursing home into a family detention center for people entering the U.S. illegally.

Jim Wells County commissioners have voted to halt further negotiations with federal authorities and proposed operator Serco Inc. County Judge Pedro “Pete” Trevino (treh-VEEN’-yoh) Jr. said the 3-0 vote came because county officials were uncertain about being able to afford its share of the cost because of a slump in the county’s oil-based tax base.

The project was expected to provide about 200 jobs at the proposed site astride the Jim Wells-Duval county line in San Diego, 125 miles south of San Antonio.

The proposal drew opposition from critics of the two privately operated South Texas family detention centers opened in 2014.

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