Standish, MI Strugged: Town so dependent on closing federal prison, willing to welcome Gitmo Detainees

October 21st, 2009

Poor, poor Michigan. Standish, Mich., is dependent on its prison, which is about to close. It says it still wants the Guantánamo detainees to fill the void, but opponents are pushing to recall members of city council.

From CSM:

A Michigan town may be waffling on welcoming Guantánamo Bay detainees.On Monday, the Standish City Council passed a unanimous resolution expressing interest in having a federal prison at the Standish Max Correctional facility, slated to close Oct. 31 due to budget cuts. But the resolution stripped out all reference to the detainees currently being housed at the US base in Cuba.

While some reports have interpreted the change in language to mean that the welcome mat has been officially yanked, the community 120 miles north of Detroit is not ruling out taking the more than 200 detainees, says Ruth Caldwell, vice president of the Standish Chamber of Commerce.

This state is so hard on its luck, that they are willing to house Detainees from Guantanamo. It seems the only people actually moving into Michigan may in fact be, wait what is Obama calling them nowadays? Well whatever they are, Michigan wants them!