Proposed Immigrant Detention Center Stirs Debate In Crete

CRETE, Ill. (CBS) — The issue of immigration is sharply dividing the south suburban community of Crete.

U.S. immigration officials have selected the village as a possible new site for a lockup where hundreds could be detained.

But some residents are saying “Not in my back yard,” CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports.

The signs from neighbors are clear: No detention center in Crete.

Residents say it’s too much for their village and could drive property values down.

The 500- to 700-bed facility would hold immigration detainees who require minimum to maximum security.

A private firm, Corrections Corporation of America, is behind the plan.

Residents who attended a Monday night village board meeting believe much of the proposal is veiled in secrecy. Some paperwork they requested has many of the details blacked out.

“Some of the information at this point, by state statute, is permissible to redact, and some of it is proprietary information,” Village Administrator Thomas Durkin said.

The village says it has nothing to hide. Durkin says the proposal is so far just an idea – far from being a completed project.

  • WetNurse

    Club med for illegals. Basketball courts, fitness equipment, television, private showers, free medical and dental and a law library. How quaint.

    • No Beans

      I don’t know where you got that from. We’re talking about low life sh!t illegal Mexicans. No basketball, fitness equipment, TV, free medical or dental, and no law library. One man to a cell, 24 hrs a day. Beans and water three times a day, that’s it! We need a facility like this in each county if the mass deportations are to be deployed efficiently. Deport them all noww, it’s the will of the people!!!!!!!!!

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  • WatchDog

    Anyone may look this up on Google map and see that it is driving 1.2 miles or 3000 feet (as the escaped inmate flies) to a the Zion Lutheran Church and school, even closer to the Old Town Tap or Smokey Joe’s.
    To answer any concerns about property values logic can not be twisted away from the fact property values will be going down as you turn Crete into a prisontown.
    I also find it incredible that CCA would just pull the community of Crete out of a hat and offer them this proposal. I suspect there is more to this story then is being presented by the Village President and Trustees. It is quite clear to most residents of Crete that certain individuals are going to be making a lot of money on this deal. Who are they?

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