Victory in Illinois: Crete Detention Center Proposal Voted Down

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Crete Protest, image credit: ICIRR
Crete Protest, image credit: ICIRR

We’re excited to report that our Illinois allies on immigration detention have scored a major victory!

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) announced yesterday that the board of trustees of the Village of Crete voted unanimously to end further discussions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) regarding the controversial proposal to build a detention center there.

In doing so, the trustees listened to the voices of hundreds of local residents and their allies opposed to the proposed detention center, including faith, law enforcement, labor, immigrant rights, civil rights, and other leaders and the political leadership of the state.

This victory caps a drawn-out struggle for justice that you can read more about here.

LIRS salutes ICIRR and our deeply committed partners in Illinois, including the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants, for winning this hard-fought battle!

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