Immigration Law

Holding Penalty

"Under the Fair and Equal County for Immigrants ordinance, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart can decline to enforce an immigration-hold request, also known as a “detainer,” unless the federal government agrees in writing to reimburse the county for the cost of detention. The ordinance also bars immigration agents from having access to county jail inmates without a criminal warrant.  “The practice of detaining people by the sheriff was also eroding the trust and relationship between residents of various communities,” said Garcia, who drafted the ordinance. “It was undermining public safety.”  Cook County’s ordinance is among the first enacted in the country designed to resist Secure Communities, a controversial federal program that aims to deport immigrants who have been arrested by local law enforcement agencies." - Chicago Reporter, Nov. 1, 2011.