There's uproar in one Indiana community about an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center that doesn't actually exist.

According to the Post-Tribune, more than 150 residents in Roselawn attended a meeting earlier this month to oppose the development of the facility.

The residents signed a petition during the meeting, reportedly organized by the group "No Roselawn Prison."


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Carrie Napoleon reported that the opposition is due to an unsuccessful bid by The GEO Group to develop a detention center near the Gary/Chicago International Airport.

"The resident group said they fear that the firm wants to build a detention facility in the county," Napoleon said

"No Roselawn Prison" is led by Ryan Farrar (D), a candidate for the state's Senate District 6 and his father, who is running for Newton County District 2 commissioner.

Newton County Attorney Patrick K. Ryan said that no official action has been taken regarding a detention center in the area.

“The truth of the matter is no Newton County officials ever made any agreement,” Ryan said.


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