Elkhart County

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The recent announcement of a proposal by CoreCivic, a private, Tennessee-based company, to build an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Elkhart County has some residents in search of ways to make their opposition known. The immigrant advocacy group, Elkhart-Goshen Sanctuary Coalition, hosted a seminar Saturday in Elkhart to discuss protest techniques with residents.  


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The South Bend nonprofit La Casa de Amistad hosted a meeting Thursday, to discuss the details of the recent consideration of Elkhart County as the site for a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, detention facility by the private company CoreCivic.

Residents of St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties gathered to write letters to urge local government leaders to vote down CoreCivic’s proposal to build the facility when the proposal is presented.

Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder confirmed Thursday that CoreCivic of  Nashville, Tennessee has expressed interest in Elkhart County property to for a new Immigration and Customs Detention Center in Indiana. County Commissioners will have final approval over the facility if a final proposal is presented.

Richard Aguirre, Founder of Elkhart County HOPE, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy group, said community leaders found out about CoreCivics’ interest in property last Friday.

Inauguration Prayer Vigil Held in Goshen

Jan 20, 2017
Jon Huber / WVPE

As Donald Trump took the oath of office Friday in Washington DC, a number of people gathered for a prayer vigil at the Elkhart County Courthouse in Goshen. They gathered to “offer prayers for [the] nation and our leaders and celebrate such positive community values as tolerance, diversity, equality and unity.”

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Faith leaders representing various ethnicities and religions from throughout Elkhart County offered prayers in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Passages were read from the Bible and Quran.

WVPE's Michael Linville speaks with Anne Reel, Director of The Humane Society of Elkhart County, about the society's new facility and capital campaign.