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Q. - I too am concerned about
the growing number of illegal immigrants in and around our City
and encourage the Council's discussion on this issue, which I
consider of great importance to not only the citizens of Terrell,
but each and every American citizen.
Thank you and I look forward to your
Answer - As I said in an earlier response,
our police officers generally verify status of anyone when making
an arrest. If the person is suspected to be illegal, the immigration
officials are notified.
However, I think the best policy for all concerned is for the
Federal Government to enforce immigration laws and get control
of our borders. I think that the Feds have heard the message
loud and clear and they now understand that this is perhaps the
number one issue in the minds of Americans.
Generally, cities do not have the resources or legal status
to take over the immigration function and shouldn't have to do
so. We will get the issue on an upcoming Council agenda and discuss
how we should respond to this concern.
Hal Richards, Mayor