As public opposition surged against its proposed immigration detention facility in Indiana’s Elkhart County, CoreCivic withdrew its site plan application Monday (Jan. 22). 

Therefore, the nation’s center of the RV industry will not become the nation’s newest location for a private immigration facility, according to a South Bend Tribune report. On Friday the mayors of Goshen and Elkhart, and 37 other local leaders including key RV industry executives, wrote a letter opposing the proposed CoreCivic detention facility.

Between 10 and 11 a.m. Monday, the Elkhart County commissioners heard from CoreCivic officials that the company would withdraw its proposal for the 250,000-square-foot facility.

“As the commissioners, we spent the last few months trying to be as open as possible of the pros and cons against it,” said commissioner Frank Lucchese. “I think CoreCivic read the writing on the wall and saw it wasn’t going to be a good fit for Elkhart County.”

Now that the facility has been nixed, Lucchese said he agreed it wouldn’t have been good for the county. “I’m pretty happy with the decision,” he said.

Commissioner Suzanne Weirick said CoreCivic didn’t give a reason for its withdrawal, but said she thinks this signals the end of CoreCivic’s efforts in Elkhart County.

Commissioner Mike Yoder, who was the lead official for the project, said his thoughts were mixed after learning that the proposal is off the table.

“I think the community will be happy this distraction is going away,” Yoder said. “It is what it is. I just personally would like to think through this just a little bit more.”

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