SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — The Illinois Senate Latino Caucus is slamming the village of Dwight’s trustees for voting to move ahead on a privately-run immigrant detention center.
On Monday, the village board of the Livingston County community of 4,200 voted 5-2 to approve annexing 88 acres of land for a 1,200 bed immigration detention facility, run by the private company Immigration Centers of America for the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Mayor Jared Anderson said the facility will create more than 200 well-paying jobs in Dwight, along with hundreds of construction jobs.
“It is disgusting that the village trustees value construction jobs over the human rights of immigrants. ICE has consistently violated human rights to carry out the president’s racist agenda of deporting immigrants of color, and they are not welcome to carry out that agenda in my state,” said Latino Caucus Co-Chair Omar Aquino (D-Chicago).
“The decision by the Village of Dwight is shameful as we see report after report of abuse and inhumane treatment of undocumented people in these type of detention centers. It’s wrong to support an endeavor that will stand on racism and anti-immigrant policies from the Trump administration,” said Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago).
The $20 million detention center would lie near the intersection of Illinois Route 17 and Interstate 55.
More than 300 opponents of the proposal from across northern and central Illinois attended Monday’s meeting at Dwight Township High School.