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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?


Thank you.


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 and customs.


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




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