Group plans 80-mile walk to protest proposed immigration detention center

SHARE Group plans 80-mile walk to protest proposed immigration detention center

Activist Jose Landaverde announces a protest walk to the site of a proposed immigration detention center in Dwight, Il. | Mitch Dudek for the Sun-Times

A group of activists announced Wednesday they plan to walk 80 miles from Chicago to Dwight, Ill., to protest a proposed immigration detention center that might be built there.

The group of about 20 activists plans to leave on April 6 from the Little Village neighborhood and start walking southwest until reaching the town of about 5,000 people, said Jose Landaverde, who’s organizing the effort.

“We need to stop the trend of incarcerating our young people and working families in the state of Illinois,” said Landaverde, who was born in El Salvador but has lived in Chicago for 30 years.

Earlier this month, Dwight’s board of trustees voted to annex and rezone 88 acres of land that would house a detention center to be built by Immigration Centers of America, a Virgina-based company.

The company has yet to secure a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

A representative of the company reached Wednesday referred questions to ICE. ICE spokeswoman Nicole Alberico said the government agency will be accepting proposals from companies seeking to build a new Illinois detention center through May 24.

Landaverde also said that after completing the walk, his group plans to stage a hunger strike.

•RELATED: Feds find 19 adults, 14 children held in Cicero home; woman faces labor charges

Illinois House panel advances bill to ban for-profit immigrant detention centers

The Latest
Davidson said Saturday he expects the Hawks to begin ascending next season after this season’s meager 23-win effort. Coach Luke Richardson said Davidson told him he plans to be active in free agency this summer to help make that happen.
On Saturday, music-lovers visited local record stores for their favorites among more than 380 exclusive releases, including projects from Pearl Jam, David Bowie, the Beatles and Paramore.
The season ended the exact same way it did last season. The glaring difference this time: This season was over before the first half ended. Last year, at least they fought until the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter.
There was a lot of tough talk from Karnisovas on Saturday, especially with the Bulls again out of the playoff picture. It all sounded good, but the Bulls have reached the point where words are only words until they become action.
Amy Hall Garner’s “Century” and Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish’s “Me, Myself and You” elicited great cheers from the audience Thursday night at the Auditorium Theatre.