Sep 12, 2011

Immigration Crackdown: Cook County Votes To Free Immigrant Inmates Wanted By Feds

Huffington Post: "When it comes to federal immigration compliance, Illinois lawmakers have been bold in their rejection of some Obama administration policies in recent months. On Wednesday, the Cook County Board of Commissioners decided to tell the feds that if they want suspected illegal immigrants to stay in prison longer, they'll have to pay for the detention.

Before Wednesday, a federal mandate required the Cook County Jail to hold inmates suspected of immigration violations for two days longer, even in misdemeanor cases such as traffic violations and minor drug arrests. The criminal cases are then turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which decides whether or not to deport the immigrants."

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