Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters says he plans to negotiate an increase in the daily rate it gets for each detainee from $82 to $87 and adding 32 additional beds.
If the changes are approved, they would take effect by October.
Walters said if the jail does not bring in the additional revenue, it would have to make about $1 million in cuts.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency contracts with local jails to house immigrant detainees. Officials say the number of such detainees is growing.
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