ICE quest for detention sites puts Elkhart County on tightrope


(Associated Press) The Trump administration’s expansion of immigration detention has fueled debate in many communities, including places where the president enjoys wide support.

They are places like Elkhart County where a proposal by one of the nation’s largest private prison operators to build a 1,200-bed detention center put local decision-makers on a tightrope.

In Elkhart, where the economy is booming, nearly two-thirds of voters backed Trump for president. But the county seat and the largest local employers have made a place for thousands of immigrants, many in the country illegally.

The detention center proposal was “like a microcosm of all the different issues of immigration, right here in this county,” one local official said, a dynamic that fed tension and uncertainty.



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