(4/4/19)– A major decision finally made.
After a whirlwind week, Richwood’s Board of Aldermen has voted 3-to-2 to house hundreds of immigrants at the Richwood Correctional Center.
“I was very happy to see that the town has made another step forward and kind of getting things in order,” said Richwood resident Wilbert Reed.
The vote was supposed to come last week, but postponed after dozens of residents expressed their concerns.
“I think it’s an opportunity for a great financial windfall for our town, I can think of numerous things that we can do with this money,” said Mayor Gerald Brown.
Richwood could get more than half a million dollars.
ICE–Immigration and Customs Enforcement–agents approached RCC about housing up to 1,000 immigrants there.
RCC then approached Mayor Brown, who put it up to a board vote.
“I’m not happy about it, I’m not satisfied by the way that it went,” said Richwood resident Linda Clark “I’m not pleased with the amount of money they offered the town,”
All of the immigrants that are coming will be non-violent offenders.
Mayor Brown says he hopes Richwood residents can be open minded about the decision.
“I hope that they do their research about what these detainees are and who they are first of all to relieve their safety concerns,” said Brown.
Mayor Brown says the immigrants could be here in a matter of weeks, and it’s unclear how long they could be housed at RCC.