Wednesday, January 25, 2012

More on the Shady Deal in Illinois

I'd like to give you a brief update on the proposed ICE detention center in Crete, Illinois, which has caused come controversy among the local population who knew almost nothing of the project until the past few weeks, despite the fact that CCA and ICE have been targeting the city for over a year.  In fact, CCA appears to have worked out a tentative approval for the center, while many residents remain in the dark about the project's specifics.

Some officials from the town have been in discussions with CCA and ICE since 2010, though they have barely provided their residents with any information.  But even they don't seem to know all that much about the project; in fact, at a recent meeting, CCA and ICE dominated the discussion and the mayor of Crete said officials from his town "sat there and listened for about an hour, never said a word during the whole thing."  I feel very sorry for the Cretians who apparently don't have an elected representative willing to voice any of the numerous concerns of his constituents regarding things like the project's impact on the local economy and property values.  Unfortunately, their mayor seems to really enjoy drinking the Kool-Aid, having cited the promise of jobs and revenue as reasons to bring the detention center to a town where no one seems to want it but those who stand to profit off it.

The community is so opposed to the center that a town hall meeting the other night was standing-room only, filled to the brim with people who don't want to help shoulder the burden of our country's bloated and unwieldy immigration detention system.  As one resident who lives a block away from the proposed site said, "this is a bad idea all around for multiple reasons."  She's exactly right.

4 comments:

  1. It sounds like both CCA and local elected officials all read off the same script. The Crete story sounds just like the Southwest Ranches Story with the exception of you not having duplicitous federal officials such as Senator Bill Nelson and Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz and DNC Chairwoman writing letters of endorsement for such a hideous facility going up next to a gated community barely 500 feet away.

    Even the promises of $1MM. PT Barnum was correct. There's a sucker born every minute.

    Our government is out of control and refuses to represent the people. This must change and this is the issue to use as the spark that starts the fire.

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  2. Mayor of Crete Mike Eihorn says Littlefied did a really stupid thing by floating a bond. http://youtu.be/yr05Uc8sKzY

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  3. This is a old Farm town~~ Leave it alone!!! Not fair for all of us~~ This will bring are property value down~ Cause more traffic, laws being broken~ we don't need it here~~ I don't find it very Fair that Mike Eihorn ( Mayor) thought he could get away with it~~ Meet us at the corner of Main and exchange we are protesting it on Saturday the 10th, ~ I want to fight this along with 100's of people!!!

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  4. It may sound just like each CCA and native selected administrators just about all go through off the very same software. The particular The island history sounds the same as the Southwest Ranches Story except for you do not having duplicitous government officers for example Senator Bill Nelson as well as Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz along with DNC Chairwoman producing correspondence associated with recommendation pertaining to such a ugly center increasing alongside a new private group rarely 500 ft absent.
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