Some Illinois lawmakers are working to limit how much local authorities can cooperate with the federal government in deporting undocumented immigrants.
In a hearing Wednesday, Senate President John Cullerton said his bill would keep state and local law enforcement from assisting federal immigration officials unless they have a warrant.
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“We’re drawing a line,” said Cullerton, the bill’s sponsor. He told the committee that supporters want to keep overzealous local cops from doing too much to assist in deportations.
“If there’s a warrant for someone’s arrest, there’s no problem with cooperation. If there’s not … we are saying that we’re asking you not to assist them. We want to limit our law enforcement agencies’ efforts in assisting federal immigration enforcement.”
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State Sen. Chris Nybo, R-Lombard, called this is an unheard of situation.
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