Published August 24, 2017
An article in The Atlantic’s City Lab about a new Illinois proposal that would restrict local law enforcement from handing undocumented immigrants over to federal immigration agencies without a judicial warrant interviews Rick Su, professor of law, who said some fear the state bill’s limitations on local law enforcement could also have an unintended consequence — a rapid expansion of ICE. “Detainers, local involvement, came about because the earlier strategy — federal raids and sweeps — were such bad optics. So they redirected their efforts to what was a little bit more invisible: picking up people who were already in jail,” he said. “If they see they’re not going to get local cooperation, we may see a dramatic expansion of ICE, neighborhood raids and workplace raids.”
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