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Friday July 29, 2011

Cook County Commissioner Garcia Withdraws Bill to Stop ICE from Taking Detainees

Cook County Commissioner Garcia Withdraws Bill to Stop ICE from Taking Detainees

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Cook County Commissioner Jesús García (D-Chicago) withdrew a bill Wednesday that would have required the county to free certain detainees wanted by federal immigration authorities.

“We want to rethink it,” he said after a County Board meeting.

The legislation would have made Cook County the largest in the country to stop complying to requests made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for local jails to keep inmates an additional 48 hours after what their criminal cases require.

The measure would have ended Cook County’s compliance unless inmates were convicted of two misdemeanors or one felony, or unless the county was reimbursed.