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Latino Daily News

Wednesday June 13, 2012

Town Blocks Plans for Immigration Detention Center Near Chicago

Town Blocks Plans for Immigration Detention Center Near Chicago

Photo: Signs protesting the Crete detention center

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Authorities in Crete, a small community south of Chicago, voted down the construction of a detention center for undocumented immigrants.

The vote against construction of the facility was unanimous among the six members of the board and Village President Michael S. Einhorn.

Activist Jose G. Herrera, a member of the Moratorium on Deportations Campaign, celebrated the decision and had no doubt that the decision was influenced by the March 30-April 1 march from Chicago to Crete organized by his group.

In that march, more than 300 people went to the site where the construction of a center with a capacity of up to 700 beds was planned for future immigrants detained by immigration in the Greater Chicago area.

Crete is a town of 9,111 people 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the Windy City.

Herrera also gave credit to a peaceful protest staged May 21 when demonstrators closed down a public hearing that was scheduled to be held in Crete about building the center.

Crete had been selected for the project by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Corrections Corporation of America.

Among the arguments they put forward to gain acceptance for the proposed lockup was that it would create a lot of jobs in Crete, but in the end local residents rejected that argument.