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Springfield City Council votes to end jail agreement with ICE

The Springfield City Council voted unanimously to cancel the ICE contract after nearly 300 people voiced their fears and concerns about law enforcement's connections with ICE.

Posted: Jun. 26, 2018 10:01 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- On Monday, nearly 300 people packed City Hall in Springfield as people from around the community voiced their fears and concerns about law enforcement's connections with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The council voted unanimously to cancel the ICE contract.

Since 2012, Springfield has had an agreement to keep ICE detainees temporarily at the Springfield Municipal Jail for up to 72 hours.
Locals said a big concern was that the city of Springfield wouldn't know who was being housed and that children or illegal immigrants could unknowingly be detained in a sanctuary city.

Some also mentioned that allowing ICE to continue to operate sends a negative signal to the Hispanic community that they aren't welcome in Springfield.

"It was an amazing feeling to see all the city councilors be in support and honor the statements of what they value," said Jahanis Tadeo with the Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect. "We still have a lot more work to do."

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