With this ordinance, which is effective immediately, the Board rejects Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) unfunded mandate to fulfill our nation’s flawed federal enforcement priorities. In addition to cutting the use of immigration detainers, the ordinance also significantly curtails ICE access to individuals in Cook County custody. From now on ICE agents will have to have a criminal warrant in order to conduct investigative interviews with them.
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In a statement today, Mary Meg McCarthy, the executive director of the National Immigrant Justice Center, a human rights groups headquartered in Chicago, applauded the county’s move as “courageous leadership.” She continued to say:
“The Cook County Board’s decisive action shows that ICE’s current enforcement practices are counterproductive to public safety efforts, waste taxpayer dollars, and violate individuals’ rights. We thank Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia for his stewardship of the ordinance and we call on other county boards to follow the Cook County Board’s example and reject ICE’s use of immigration detainers.”
Source: Heartland Alliance's National Immigration Justice Center