ICE Detention Center protesters gather for candlelight vigil

Published: Dec. 23, 2017 at 11:18 PM EST
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People in Elkhart County gathered again on Saturday evening to say they do not want to see an immigration detention center built outside of Elkhart.

The ICE Detention Center would be built along County Road 7 near the Elkhart County Landfill. It would house people who were convicted of crimes and are waiting to be deported. The facility would likely have 800 to 1,200 beds.

Proponents say the detention center would bring more jobs to the area. But, one man at the vigil says jobs should not be created on someone else's heartache.

“Well, as people who are Christian who are getting ready to celebrate this baby that was an immigrant, I think it's our call to be celebrating and standing for the immigrants that are in our own community,” says Les Gustafson-Zook, Goshen community member. “And those immigrants are people that are building this community. They're making this community strong.”

A public hearing to discuss the plans will happen in February. County leaders plan to make a final decision in March.