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Illinois town resists immigration detention site

Published: May 9, 2012 2:30 pm By: Judy Keen, USA TODAY

"Amid the rose bushes in Kayla Pennington's yard is a sign with a red circle and a diagonal slash across the words "Crete detention center."

It conveys her opposition to a proposal to build a 788-bed, privately operated detention center for illegal immigrants in this village of 8,259 people, which is 30 miles south of Chicago. She doesn't like the idea of a private company running the place, fears property values would plummet and worries that if immigration laws were to change, Crete would be stuck with a vacant building."

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