NewsPublic Affairs / May 5, 2016

Gary Officials Reject Immigrant Detention Center

The vote was 9-0 Wednesday night to deny a request for variances on property that multinational prison operator GEO Group Inc. wanted to use for the 788-bed detention center near the Gary/Chicago International Airport.Immigration, Gary, immigration detention center, Gary/Chicago International Airport, GEO Group Inc.2016-05-05T00:00:00-04:00
Gary Officials Reject Immigrant Detention Center

Gary City Hall

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — City leaders in Gary have voted against allowing an $80 million immigration detention center to be built in the northwestern Indiana city.

The vote was 9-0 Wednesday night to deny a request for variances on property that multinational prison operator GEO Group Inc. wanted to use for the 788-bed detention center near the Gary/Chicago International Airport.

The company said the center would have created hundreds of jobs and generated $1 million in tax revenue. But opponents argued that the jobs would have high turnover and employees would come from outside the area.

A coalition of groups opposed to the detention center, including Black Lives Matter, held a rally prior to the meeting Wednesday.

GEO Group owns a 40-acre site in Hobart, where it also faces opposition from residents and officials.

 

 

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