Monday, July 16, 2007
At 8 PM this evening Waukegan's city council reaffirmed their vote from the 2nd of July to train and allow Police Officer's of Waukegan, to enforce immigration law. <
Once trained, officers could identify, process and detain immigration offenders as they come across on the job.
Hyde and other officials have said the program would allow officers to start deportation proceedings for both legal and illegal immigrants convicted of crimes such as murder, rape and drug-related felonies.
Hyde has said the city won't participate in raids on employers or community groups, but that the deportation procedures would apply to offenders police encounter on the job.
The measure is commonly called 287(g). ICE currently has such agreements with law enforcement agencies across the country, including the Alabama Department of Public Safety/State Police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. About 75 applications from law enforcement agencies are pending, an immigration spokesman has said.
The council voted 7-2 in June to apply for the program, but a member who voted for it then tried to call it back for reconsideration.
THE PHOTO OF THE SIGN WAS CROSSED OUT BY VARIOUS IMMIGRATION SUPPORTIVE ORGANIZATIONS AND LABOR GROUPS.