State Rep. David McSweeney has urged McHenry County Sheriff to ask advice from the United States Attorney Jeff sessions with regard to how to react to Governor Bruce Rauner’s signing into law a bill entitled, “The Trust Act.”
Sessions opposed the new law on Fox News after it was signed, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
“As the Attorney General has said, when cities and states refuse to help enforce immigration laws, our nation is less safe,” Department of Justice spokesman Devin O’Malley told Fox News.
“Failure to deport aliens who are convicted for criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk — especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators.”
“I just spoke with Sheriff Prim about the McHenry County prisoner in question,”McSweeney told McHenry County Blog
“I asked Sheriff Prim to contact the office of the Attorney General of the United States to get specific guidance on this matter.
“Attorney General Sessions is on record as opposing the Sanctuary State law that Governor Rauner recently signed.
“Sheriff Prim is completely on top of the situation and agreed to honor my request.”
McSweeney is chief co-sponsor of a bill to repeal the legislation in question.
Meanwhile in Lake County, the News-Sun reports that Sheriff Mark Curran released 32-year-old Luis Antonio Camacho Vazquez.
He “held at the jail after his arrest earlier this month on felony drug charges, officials said. He also had a federal immigration detainer blocking his release, officials said.
How the new law will affect the housing of illegal aliens in the McHenry County Jail is unknown.
“If the McHenry County Sheriff can’t hold illegal immigrants on federal detainers and can no longer rent jail cells to INS, “State Rep. Allen Skillicorn added, “this blows a massive hole in the budget and puts the public at risk.”
See Prim’s statement here.
The Senate roll call on Senate Bill 31 follows:
The House roll call is below: