The arrests of 19 people on immigration-related charges last week in Springfield are not connected to a nationwide immigration sweep that resulted in more than 31-hundred arrests around the country.
The national effort focused on illegal immigrants with a history of violent crimes, or who had re-entered the country after being deported.
Four of the 19 people picked up at Springfield restaurants last week were accused of illegal re-entry, but a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office here says the timing was just coincidental, and was not part of the national sting operation.
Meanwhile, Gov. Pat Quinn said he's not excited about a proposed immigrant detention center in the suburb of Crete, south of Chicago. But Quinn stopped short of saying he opposes the facility.
Many Crete residents and immigrant rights advocates are fighting the proposed center. It would have up to 700 beds and be privately managed. Supporters say it will create jobs.