March to Stop Immigration Detention Center

Demonstration planned in Crete

Sunday, Apr 1, 2012  |  Updated 10:26 AM CDT
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March to Stop Immigration Detention Center

Activists march from Little Village to Crete, Illinois -- the site of a proposed immigration detention center.

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Immigration activists in the Chicago area wrap up a three-day march Sunday.

Activists are protesting a proposed immigration detention center in south suburban Crete. About 30 people started the march Friday in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, and said they wouldn't stop until they got to Crete.

As they marched, their numbers doubled. By Saturday, about 70 people had joined the effort.

Later Sunday, they plan to demonstrate in Crete Park, not far from the proposed site.

The detention center would have 788 beds. It would be a waypoint on the road to deportation for accused illegal immigrants.

The proposed Crete center is part of an effort to improve conditions for people facing deportation. However, activists call it a jail, and say it's part of a broken system, the Tribune reported.

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