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Monday, February 17, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "About 150 attend meeting on possible immigrant detention center in Hobart"

The ILB tries to spot and track what may turn out to be important legal/governmental stories from the beginning. This long story today in the Gary Post-Tribune, reported by Karen Caffarini, caught my attention. A few quotes:

HOBART — About 150 people attended an educational forum Sunday to learn about a Florida-based company that might want to build a for-profit immigrant detention center in the city.

A number of those attending the forum at Augustana Lutheran Church left vowing to do what they can to make sure the center never opens. * * *

Members of Concerned Citizens of Hobart passed out pamphlets listing the phone numbers of Mayor Brian Snedecor and City Council members, urging people to contact those officials, as well as Board of Zoning Appeals members, all of whom would ultimately decide whether the GEO Group, a for-profit prison builder, could build a detention center on the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church property it purchased last year. * * *

Sister Persch said the detainees would be released at the Homeland Security building in downtown Chicago, usually just with the clothes on their back.

“Once a prison town, always a prison town. That’s probably why CCA, a GEO competitor, thought Joliet (Ill.) would be easy pickings,” Tsao said.

An immigrant detention facility proposed for Joliet was derailed, however.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 17, 2014 09:00 AM
Posted to Indiana Government