Chicago activists protest immigrant detention plan

April 1, 2012

The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Activists are finishing a three-day march through Chicago to protest a proposed new federal immigrant detention center.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that after marching 31 miles, dozens of activists are to arrive Sunday in the southern suburb of Crete. The town's mayor backs the center as a way to develop the area's economy.

The facility would be able to hold up to 800 illegal immigrants during deportation proceedings. It would be built and run by a private company.

One of the protesters, the Rev. Jose Landaverde of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, says of federal authorities that "instead of building prisons, they should be building schools."

Last week, the Illinois Senate approved a measure that would prohibit all privately run detention centers in Illinois.