A town hall meeting to discuss a proposed federal immigrant detention center in the south suburbs was called off today due to security concerns related to the
, officials said.
"The Congressman remains opposed to a detention center in Crete, and ICE officials remain committed to coming to Crete to listen to residents' concerns before any decision is made," the statement read. "We will reschedule the meeting soon."
ICE selected Crete as the potential site for an 800-bed immigrant detention center to be built and managed by
Opponents said today they felt the postponement was an effort to sidestep open discussion on the controversial proposal.
Rozalinda Borcia, an organizer with the Moratorium on Deportations Campaign, said a small group of protesters had planned to attend the meeting.
"We were thrown a curveball," said Borcia, 41. "It's an attempt to work against people who are trying to organize. We think that they're using a small bit of dissent as an excuse to pull out of the discussions. We were promised a discussion with ICE, and we will have a discussion with ICE."
“Residents were prepared to ask about the lower property values, public safety concerns and resource drain commonly caused by new prison construction,” read a statement on the
Einhorn could not immediately be reached for comment.
ICE spokeswoman Gail
"Community outreach is a priority for ICE," Montenegro said in a statement. "It is ICE's goal to enhance our understanding of community concerns related to the proposed detention facility."