Illinois Senate Panel OKs Immigration Detainer Bill
Legislation that could alter how some immigrants in Illinois are jailed has received backing from a state Senate panel, but the measure isn't expected to resurface for months.
The Senate Executive Committee approved a plan Wednesday that would stop honoring so-called immigration detainers. Detainers allow immigrants to be jailed without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities so they can be considered for possible deportation.
Cook County stopped complying with detainers in 2011 and the practice is under scrutiny nationwide. Immigration officials argue detainers help apprehend criminals living in the U.S. illegally.
Senate President John Cullerton introduced the legislation shortly before lawmakers' summer adjournment. Cullerton agreed to hold the plan and work together on possible changes after Republicans said they wanted more time.