Thursday, December 7, 2006
Carpentersville trustees voted to pursue immigration enforcement training for several police officers under a federal program provided by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Several trustees said it will be used to curb crime by illegal immigrants.
The training will be free for what Police Chief David Neumann said will be two to four officers whom he expects to be selected from a pool of volunteers. The officers will act as an extension of federal immigration agents and be supervised by an agent, Neumann said.
The resolution, approved 5-1 at Tuesday's board meeting, requests additional funding for computer software and other equipment. The software would give police access to the federal government's immigration database, Trustee Judy Sigwalt said.
The resolution provoked arguments from Trustee Linda Ramirez Sliwinski, the lone dissenter. She said the resolution was another effort by Sigwalt and Trustee Paul Humpfer to help pass an ordinance aimed at cracking down on undocumented immigrants. Click here.