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The City of Pine Island Rescinds Support for ICE Detention Facility

August 21, 2018 10:42 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A unanimous decision to support an Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE,  detention facility has drastically changed. The City of Pine Island has now unanimously voted to rescind that support.


It didn't take long for city leaders to make their decision. Just minutes into Tuesday nights city council meeting, a unanimous vote, to take back the support that it once showed for the proposed ICE detention facility.

“Some people are going to consider this a victory. There are many people in our community that are going to consider this a loss,” said Mayor Rod Steele.

In June, the city signed a resolution to support a proposal by Management & Training Corporation for a 640-bed facility that would be built on a plot of land known as Elk Run.

The public has some concerns with the project and the company behind it.

“The problem is MTC is promising all of these jobs about this great new building, but upon doing a little more research MTC isn’t really good at fulfilling those promises,” said Pine Island resident Kelly Leibold.

“I think it's really important that you are listening to the people and that you will be more public if it does come up again,” said Goodhue County resident Carol Overland.

Council members say aside from public comment, there's something bigger holding this project back.

“The national immigration scene is a chaotic mess right now. Nobody can determine what it is or where it's going or what's going to happen. To subject our town to this negative rhetoric for a number of months, just isn't the right thing,” said Mayor Steele.

It's still unclear what a timeline would look like for this proposed project. It's not 100% out of the question. There are still some people who are in favor of the plan. A majority of the people who spoke at Tuesday night’s meeting don't want this facility in their city.
 

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