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Q. - It is an understatement
to say that there is an overwhelming number of illegal immigrants
residing in the City of Terrell. I would like to know if the
city has addressed the subject of taking a stand like Grand Prairie
and Irving have done.
If not, how are such ordinances initiated?
Answer - While we don't know what the numbers
might be, I am sure you are right that we have a significant
number of illegal immigrants living in the City.
We have not formally discussed doing what is being done in Irving.
What they are doing, as I understand it, is this: When the police
make an arrest they try to verify that the person has legal status.
If they can not verify legal status, then they notify immigration
It is a fact of life that police have to be very careful to
avoid racial profiling, but I see the Irving approach as one
of common sense.
Thanks for the input. Your question will result in this issue
being discussed by the Council and Staff.
Hal Richards, Mayor