Sonny Garcia speaks to a group of protesters against a federal detention center for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally, in Dwight, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, ahead of a planning commission meeting. The commission recommended that the Village Board work with Immigration Centers of America to open the facility just outside Dwight's boundaries.
DWIGHT — A decision on a proposed federal immigrant detention center in Dwight still is two weeks away, but opponents of the facility are doing everything they can to persuade village officials to vote down the project.
"We learned that people lost jobs because they were improperly detained," she said. "It doesn't sound like the city has done their due diligence in learning about this."
Sonny Garcia of Bloomington said he hopes a better solution can be found, but the village can expect a long battle if it moves forward with the project.
"This is getting a lot of attention around the state," he said. "If you vote 'yes' for this, we are committed to fight this for the long haul. Dwight is a good community, but you are stuck between a rock and a hard place."
Tom Cullen, the president of the local ACLU of Central Illinois chapter, said: "We are hoping the people of Dwight will make the right and moral decision here. This is a liability issue and the ACLU opposes private prisons, and make no mistake: This is a prison."
Mary Hayes of Peoria told the council to look for other areas to invest.
"If i were you, I would put money into something other then something that is immoral where people are locked in cages," she said.
Photos: Dwight immigration detention center recommended
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