Latinos United for Change wants ICE holds to stop

By WEEK Producer

Latinos United for Change wants ICE holds to stop

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 6:55 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Latinos United for Change rallied Thursday, calling on McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery to stop contacting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Dozens showed up at the McLean County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to protest ICE holds.

Latinos United for Change, or L.U.C., asked the council to intervene in stopping the holding of immigrants.

"These are volunatry requests of cooperation. No sheriff is mandated to obey these because that would be unconstitutional. It would be deemed commandeering," said Jennifer Carrillo, a L.U.C. activist.

Sheriff Mike Emery said he is following federal law and the L.U.C. group is taking their problem to the wrong place.

"In changing immigration law... that's federal. You need to focus your attention and effort towards Washington D.C. not a local county sheriff that has no say over federal law - period," said Emery.

11th circuit Chief Judge Elizabeth Robb said the council would listen to L.U.C.'s requests, but will not intervene.

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