Carlos Acosta on ICE Detention: Before and After His Election

Yesterday McHenry County Blog pointed readers to the Chicago Sun-Times article about the money received from the Federal government for housing illegal aliens.

The entrance to the McHenry County Jail.

In it, newly-elected McHenry County Board member Carlos Acosta is indirectly quoted as saying, “asked whether the contract is worth the money it brings in..”

Then, in a direct quote, Acosta asks, “It’s been a divisive issue because it raises the question, is there a profit motive when the county sheriff is making traffic stops?”

And, “Over the last two years, ICE has really been weaponized. Do we really want to be part of that weaponized system?”

The rest of the article cites the cost if running the operation and opinions of those who seem to think ICE detention centers should not exist.

The rest of the article referring to Acosta follows:

“Immigration policy is now county policy and county policy is now immigration policy,” Acosta said.

Acosta recognizes the county is reliant on the income from ICE, but said there should be greater oversight.

“I have to be cognizant of the fiscal impact of terminating any program, but again, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with at least asking those questions and getting data on that,” he said.

“I’ve had the opportunity to visit other detention centers around Illinois and the conditions were pretty poor. … That’s the other side of the argument, if we close the facility and we continue down this road to indefinite detention, are we going to put these immigrants in a worse situation?”

At the League of Women Voters forum this is what Acosta said when asked whether candidates supported the used of the Jail as an ICE detention center.

Carlos Acosta

Acosta answered first.

He said it had been “controversial for the last twenty years.”

Continuing, Acosta said, “I don’t know enough about it to know whether to support or not.

“If treated respectfully I’d like to have it remain here.”

He told of visiting detention centers where those behind bars were not treated well.


Carlos Acosta on ICE Detention: Before and After His Election — 9 Comments

  1. Does Mr Acosta stand with some of his Democratic colleagues on the national scene who want to banish ICE?

  2. Here is a guy that clearly has his own personal agenda.

    He came out with a big artical in the sun times talking against the policies and ICE in general.

    Nothing like shooting off your mouth without even find out out the facts.

    How this guy got elected is beyond me.

    He is going to take away millions of money from the tax payers of McHenry county.

    The majority of ICE detainees held at this facility are convicted of crimes and have done their time in DOC.

    They are waiting deportation hearing and or deportation.

    A lot of these crimes range from Murder, sexual assault, drug trafficking, kidnapping, terriorest activites and domestic assult.

    Let’s make sure that this guy is kept in check.

    He clearly has been placed on the county board for one reason and one reason only.

  3. What’s wrong with an illegal alien’s last memory of McHenry County being the jail?

    …and what’s wrong about receiving compensation for imparting that lesson?

  4. Heh, heh, you people are so dumb. The Constiution can no longer be defended constitutionally.

    You know what comes next: CIVIL WAR!

  5. The only issue I have with detaining ILLEGAL citizens is that they SHOULD be DEPORTED!

    I’m tired of people jumping the line,taking resources meant for citizens and/or accepting LOW WAGE jobs driving down local wages, taking CASH for wages and generally doing better than hard working legal citizens.

    The money spent on gambling alone paid for with hundred dollar bills out of WADS of bills tells me these people fair far better than most

    Deport/Detain SUPPORT ICE and CRIMINALIZE SANCTUARY CITIES! Start prosecuting local officials that look the other way!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *