Thursday, January 18, 2007

Allentown city council rejects immigration bill

Allentown City Council shot down Councilman Lou Hershman's proposal to fight illegal immigration, forcing supporters to try collecting the signatures of 2,000 city voters to put it on the ballot.

Hershman wanted to order the city Police Department to train officers in immigration law and to sign an agreement with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement to ramp up its local enforcement activities.

But a majority of council felt the city already was cooperating adequately with federal immigration agents and that the city police force had plenty else to do.

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