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Wyoming’s Catholic bishop attacks plan for new Evanston jail to hold Utah immigration detainees

Wyoming’s Catholic bishop says a proposed detention center in Evanston, Wyo., to hold people awaiting immigration court appearances 83 miles away in West Valley City, Utah, would expand a system that is “inhumane and destructive to families.”

Bishop Steven Biegler of the Diocese of Cheyenne, which encompasses the entire state, posted an online letter attacking the jail, and had it read to the Uinta County Commission before it voted to endorse the proposed facility because it would bring extra jobs to Evanston.

Biegler also sent a letter that was read Sunday to protesters at a candlelight vigil in Evanston that called the arrest and imprisonment of refugees an immoral act, according to the Uinta County Herald.