A new Immigration and Customs Detention Center could be headed to Indiana.
Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder says CoreCivic of Nashville, Tennessee has expressed interest in Elkhart County property.
If a formal proposal for the property is submitted, County Commissioners will have the final say on if the facility gets built.
Richard Aguirre, Founder of Elkhart County HOPE, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy group, says community leaders found out about CoreCivics’ interest in property last Friday.
Aguirre says the effects of building a detention center so close to the Elkhart County jail would be felt all over the county. He says he’s concerned that the county would be perceived negatively.
Aguirre says one of his biggest concerns is the impact on the workforce. He says immigrants play a major role in the manufacturing industry.
“And I believe if there was a facility built in Elkhart County, there would be an exodus of people,” Aguirre says, “I think that would reduce our cultural diversity, and that would make Elkhart County a less diverse place and that would be something that would hurt us in terms of population growth.”
There will be a rally to protest the proposal Saturday outside of the Elkhart County Courthouse.
Commissioner Yoder did not respond to requests for an interview.