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Cook County No Sanctuary for Undocumented

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Just blocks away from Chicago’s immigration rally Tuesday—the Cook County Board was voting down a resolution that might have protected undocumented residents.
Chicago Public Radio’s Ben Calhoun reports.

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Just blocks away from Chicago’s immigration rally Tuesday—the Cook County Board was voting down a resolution that might have protected undocumented residents.

Chicago Public Radio’s Ben Calhoun reports.

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The so called “immigrant sanctuary” resolution was modeled after a similar measure in Chicago.

Basically, it said county workers couldn’t help bust undocumented residents unless required by law—and citizenship status shouldn’t affect someone’s access to county services.

Critics Commissioner like Earlean Collins, however, called it an empty gesture.

COLLINS: This is another do good, sound good feel good. It doesn’t do anything if it is just a resolution.

Those in favor—argued that the resolution would discourage discrimination against undocumented residents.

Ultimately, the resolution failed on a tie vote that split down racial lines—something that disappointed chief sponsor Roberto Maldonado.

MALDONADO: I have always stood on the side of every African-American cause and it really broke my heart to see that.

County Board President Todd Stroger said he supported the resolution, and he could have cast a tie-breaking vote to pass it.

Instead he chose not to vote at all.


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