Cook County, Illinois Ends Detainment Of Immigrants Who Commit Misdemeanors For Deportations

Earlier this week, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed a new ordinance that will “allow illegal immigrants in jail on misdemeanor charges to go free despite federal requests to have them detained for possible deportation.” The ordinance comes after a “recent federal ruling in Indiana that determined Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers are voluntary requests, not mandatory.” “It’s important to recognize that this is about improving public safety, it’s about serving our taxpayers better and it’s about keeping families together,” said county board president Toni Preckwinkle. The ordinance passed along a 10-5 vote.