Daniel Walters photo In Police Chief Meidl’s experience, Spokane has relatively few undocumented immigrants — and even fewer of them are dangerous.
Last week, we published a story about the controversial response from the Spokane Human Rights Commission over City Councilman Mike Fagan’s diatribe against “illegal aliens” during a council meeting.
Fagan’s remarks detailed several gory and violent episodes involving assailants who were in the United States illegally. Several members of the human rights commission felt that by using these anecdotes, Fagan was painting a grossly inaccurate picture of undocumented immigrants.
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But how about the reality? Is illegal immigration causing an uptick in violent crime or property crime in this city?
Last week, the Inlander called up Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl, and he was crystal clear on the answer.
“We do not have an undocumented immigrant problem in the city of Spokane,” Meidl says. “The complaints we are hearing in the community are
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