First published on WhyIHateCCA
Residents of Crete, IL have accomplished the (near-)impossible feat of successfully rejecting a plan by CCA and ICE to build an immigration detention center in their town. The plan had come under heavy fire from residents practically from its inception, but CCA and ICE pushed hard to get permission to build the facility despite overwhelming opposition by the citizens. The Sheriff of Lake County even threw his hat into the ring – publicly supporting legislation that could have prevented the facility’s construction (it would have prevented agencies in the state from contracting with private prison companies), because the plan was clearly designed to benefit a private company with no obvious benefit to the community. The legislation ultimately failed, but that wasn’t enough to dissuade opponents of the facility from continuing to protest and work against it, even though many of their representatives had failed to support the bill.
In a voice vote, village trustees unanimously decided to reject the proposal. This is a monumental victory for the hundreds of groups and individuals who worked so hard to prevent this facility from coming to town. Congratulations to everyone involved! This just goes to show that no matter how big and powerful some corporations can get, they can never completely trump the will of the majority.