.

Joliet Talking with Feds about a Deportation Center

The city manager discussed the facility with Immigration Control and Enforcement officials in Washington, D.C., last week. A similar project was rejected in Crete.

A detention center to house immigrants facing deportation could be built in Joliet, according to a published report.

Joliet City Manager Tom Thanas attended a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss the project, a story in the Chicago Tribune says. The Joliet City Council was briefed on Thanas' plan at its last meeting.

The ICE has been seeking a location near Chicago for the center, which would house several hundred people awaiting deportation for immigration violations, the story said. It would be run by a private company, and would be more comfortable than a jail or prison, the story said.

The 700-bed facility had been proposed by Corrections Corp. of America for Crete, but was shot down by the Crete Village Board in the wake of criticism/opposition from residents, labor unions and immigration activists, the Tribune story said.

WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING IN JOLIET? SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER

YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK, TOO

TC October 25, 2012 at 04:25 PM
How much would it cost to convert the Juvenile Detention Center on west McDonough Street in Joliet. If the State of Illinois will have a surplus facility and campus available due to cost then sell it or lease it to the U.S. Immigration Authority. I guess if it makes sense the governments will not work together to do it.
Infamous Steve October 25, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Depends where they plan on building it and how much "nicer" it would be then jail. Also how long they would be housed there. Doesn't sound like a bad idea though.
Matt October 25, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Joliet does not need anymore of this crap in the city limits. How about some nice restaurants and shopping centers instead of Prisons and Detention centers. Keep this out of Joliet!
Robyn October 25, 2012 at 07:06 PM
What about the old Collins Street building?
TC October 25, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Matt, you read as though your embarassed to get some of your taxes back into circulation in our local economy. Federal jobs are worthy of being welcomed. Just ask the suburbs of Washington D.C. They are barely aware there is economic distress in the USA.
Matt October 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM
They won't be federal jobs. It is going to be ran by a private company. They will be low paying jobs from a contractor for the federal goverment. Read the article and do your research.
Hasta la vista October 26, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I don't care where they put it if it means getting these illegals out of here! It's time to take back America!
April Morgano October 29, 2012 at 02:20 AM
If it is time to take America back, then turn it back over to the native American since they are the original owners and the rest of us are descendants of convicts, I think the Juvenile Detention Center on west McDonough Street would be a great place. You can have the other government facility and privately owned contractor operated which is the Joliet Job Corps to perform the work to update the location. Those students who are studying a trade i.e tiling, painting and construction work with contractors to get more experience in their chosen field.
coach886 November 28, 2012 at 05:46 AM
http://www.coachoutletonline2013sale.com Coach Outlet http://www.coachoutletstore-me.com Coach Factory Online http://www.buybuycoach.com Coach Factory Outlet

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something