Gov. Pat Quinn is joining those who oppose the construction of an immigrant detention center in Illinois. A 775-bed detention center to be built in Crete would be one of six “new generation” detention centers located across the country. The facility would hold suspected illegal immigrants while they wait for their deportation hearing, and it would be run by a private company.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn’t support such a facility. “I’m not excited about that. We’ve had our differences with the Homeland Security on a number of things,” Quinn said to applause at a ceremony honoring the late labor leader Cesar Chavez.

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Legislation that has passed the Illinois Senate aims to block the facility’s construction. S.B. 1064 would ban state, county and local governments from doing business with for-profit companies to run detention centers. The bill is now up for consideration by the House.

On Sunday a group of people finished a three-day march from Chicago to Crete in protest of the proposed facility.
U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement say the facilities would provide better treatment than correctional facilities.
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