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Hanover Mayor Against Cook County Policy to Release Possible Undocumented Immigrants After Arrest

Hanover Park Mayor Rod Craig has come out against Cook County’s new immigration policy allowing the sheriff to release undocumented immigrants on bond from jail instead of holding them for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Craig said, “Some are born in this county, some aspire to become citizens, and some just want to come here and create mayhem, and I’m not going to stand for that.” Adding, “We need the support of our county government to come to some clarity on what it is they really want.”

Sheriff Tom Dart says he’s in support of the new policy – approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners on September 7 – because it allows local police to better fight crime.

Craig points to the case of three offenders being arrested after they drunkenly started fighting with two police officers while the officers were conducting a routine late-night check on July 31. The intoxicated men were believed to be undocumented immigrants, and ICE was called.

Local law enforcement is allowed to hold suspected undocumented immigrants for an additional 48 hours beyond what the criminal case would otherwise require. That time is intended to give an ICE official time to get there and take the people into custody. However, the ICE agent called said he did not think he would be able to make it to the jail before the 48 hour period was up.

Craig says this was an example of violent criminals who are possibly in the country illegally to continue parading through the streets.

However, spokesman for Dart, Steve Patterson said, the officer in charge of the offenders “had no other reason it could hold the defendants and released all three. Why that first agent declined to make the trip to Rolling Meadows, we don’t know.”