07/11/2012

Chicago mayor: No detainment for illegal immigrants unless wanted

New ordinance designed to encourage undocumented to step forward to report crimes when they witness them or are the victims, says Emanuel

By Fran Spielman
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — Undocumented immigrants who witness crimes or are victims themselves would have nothing to fear from Chicago Police — and no excuse to avoid cooperating with them — under a mayoral plan unveiled Tuesday that united former political adversaries.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) joined forces to unveil the so-called "Welcome City" ordinance, which would prohibit police from detaining undocumented immigrants unless they are wanted on a criminal warrant or have been convicted of a serious crime.

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