Plan to make Evanston 'sanctuary city' fails to pass

March 11, 2008 3:14:33 PM PDT
Officials in north suburban Evanston are urging the federal government to support comprehensive immigration reform. Monday night, the city council's human services committee passed a resolution calling for that help.

But the panel failed to pass another plan to make the northern suburb a "sanctuary city" for illegal immigrants. The ordinance would have banned police and city workers from asking about a person's immigration status, unless it is required by law or part of a police investigation.

Monday night, a group named The Illinois Citizen Security Network argued a "sanctuary city" would affect the safety of all Illinois residents and cost taxpayers money.

"In order to protect the value of the vote of each of our citizens, and the physical and financial security of our citizens, we need to take actions that stop these magnets from drawing people into this country illegally," said Dawn Marie Mueller, Illinois Citizen Security Network.

"Sanctuary city" supporters say it would have demanded fair and humane treatment for immigrants in Evanston.

The immigration reform resolution will be passed on to Evanston's federal representatives for consideration.