Sarah Schulte April 2, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS)
Critics say most of the 3,100 criminal aliens and immigration fugitives arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are not a serious threat to society.
For six days, ICE agents swept through the states looking for criminal aliens and repeat immigration law violators under Cross Check Operation. More than 3,100 people were arrested, including 67 people in Illinois.
ICE arrests 67 in Illinois
CRETE, Ill.— A debate about Immigration reform is taking shape in a small suburban Chicago community where local and federal officials are considering placing an immigrant detention center.
The proposed facility in Crete — around 35 miles south of Chicago — is among several locations U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have chosen nationwide. ICE currently rents space from a county jail in the Chicago area to house immigrants facing deportation proceedings.
If the proposal is solidified, Crete officials would hire a private company to build and manage the facility with up to 700 beds, Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn told the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/wGFdGQ ) for a story published Monday.