DWIGHT, Ill. (WEEK) — Activists from across the state plan to attend a planning commission meeting to oppose the construction of an ICE detention facility for undocumented immigrants in Livingston County.
The No ICE Dwight group plans a press conference before the 6 p.m. Dwight Planning Commission meeting at City Hall, 209 S. Prairie Ave. in Dwight. The planning commission is set to take up discussion on annexing land for a privately-run, federal immigration detention center just off Interstate 55 and Illinois Route 17 in Dwight.
“As a citizen of Dwight, I strongly and vocally oppose this facility not only because of the terrible moral and ethical implications of it, but because of the poor economic impact it will have on our town. The private facility will not be good for our town in the slightest, and I am glad that the No ICE Dwight group has stepped up to assist me and others in vocalizing our opinion to a greater number of people whom this will largely affect as well,” said Hannah Van Der Karr.
Village President Jared Anderson previously said the facility could bring 280 new jobs with average $60,000 annual salaries to the village of 4,200. A women’s detention facility in Dwight shut down in 2013. It is unclear when Dwight will learn if private prison company Immigration Centers for America selects them for the new detention center.
Groups from Bloomington-Normal, Peoria, Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, Kankakee, and Springfield plan to attend the meeting in opposition to the facility.
The village board plans to vote on annexing the proposed property into the village on Feb. 25.