“I don’t understand this. What is this world coming to?”
Ella Young, a local resident, is less than thrilled about a decision that could move hundreds of illegal immigrants into the Richwood Correctional Center.
“Why come bring immigrants to our town, and have to release our inmates to other parts of the town. I mean, that’s unfair. It’s really unfair,” said Young.
‘ICE’–Immigration and Customs Enforcement–has offered to pay Richwood Correctional to hold the detainees.
How much isn’t clear.
But RCC approached Richwood’s mayor, who’s put it up to a vote by the Board of Aldermen.
If this proposal passes, that means that up to 1,000 immigrants could be housed at RCC, and as for those inmates that are currently living here, they might have to move somewhere else.
Not everyone finds the proposal to be a bad idea.
“If we can house them, maybe that will take a lot of the less criminal offenses–those inmates–out of the sentence and maybe even out of the legal system,” said local resident Timothy Horvath.
Others believe it’s the right thing to do.
“I think it’s a great idea, simply because we live in a land of immigrants. I think Richwood should open arms and accept them,” said local resident Jamie Johnson.
RCC’s website says the facility can house up to 1,129 people.
We reached out to the parent company of RCC but were unable to get comment.
The Board of Alderman will vote at 6 pm on Thursday at Richwood Town Hall.