Magazine article Corrections Forum

Illinois Town Resists Detention Site for Illegal Immigrants

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Illinois Town Resists Detention Site for Illegal Immigrants

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USA Today

Amid the rose bushes in Kayla Pennington's yard is a sign with a red circle and a diagonal slash across the words "Crete detention center." It conveys her opposition to a proposal to build a 788-bed, privately operated detention center for illegal immigrants in this village of 8,259 people, which is 30 miles south of Chicago. She doesn't like the idea of a private company running the place, fears property values would plummet and worries that if immigration laws were to change, Crete would be stuck with a vacant building. "We are opposed to making a profit off other people's suffering," said Pennington, 49, a mother of five who has lived here for almost 10 years with her husband, Jim Flax, 50. "There's no up side."

Fred Rossi, 53, who has lived in Crete for two decades and is unemployed, shares Pennington's concern about the effects of a possible shift in immigration laws, but he does see an up side: the promise of as many as 250 jobs, most of which would be filled by area residents. "We need those jobs," he said. The March unemployment rate in Will County, where Crete is located, was 9.5%, compared with the national rate of 8.2% for that month. The planned detention center, where illegal immigrants would be held until they are deported, has caused a stir in Crete that reflects national debates over immigration policies and the growing number of people being held in for-profit prisons and jails. The share of state and federal prisoners - not including immigration detainees - in private facilities increased from 6. …

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