Minuteman takes another run at Elgin
By Christine Byers and Tara Malone
Daily Herald Staff Writers
Posted Friday, July 21, 2006
Members of the Illinois Minuteman Civil Defense Corp will gather in Elgin to ask police to enforce illegal immigration laws. The meeting, set for 6:45 to 9 p.m. July 31 at the American Legion Hall, 820 Liberty St., will include a video presentation titled “Programs and Strategies for Local Law Enforcement Departments.”
The group met in November at the Legion hall in Elgin. Fifty riot-ready police officers from 25 neighboring departments stood by during their discussion about how illegal immigration is affecting the Fox Valley — and it was peaceful.
This time, the video will be the main focus outlining how Ipswich, N.H., Police Chief Garrett Chamberlain and Allen County, Ohio, Sheriff Daniel Beck handle illegal immigrants in their areas.
Chamberlain arrested an illegal immigrant for being in the country by charging him with criminal trespassing. Beck made it a priority to train deputies on how to spot false identification cards.
Showing the video in Elgin comes at a time when resident and former Elgin Area U-46 school board member Doug Heaton has begun to question why local police do not adequately enforce immigration laws.
Heaton, flanked by Minuteman members, has approached city council members twice during public meetings and written to city staffers outlining procedures he believes Elgin police should use to enforce existing immigration laws.
Mayor Ed Schock requested that Police Chief Lisa Womack brief council members Wednesday on the department’s existing illegal immigration policies and procedures.
Among the invitees to the July 31 meeting are: Schock and the other members of the city council members; Jim Oberweis, who ran unsuccessfully for governor using illegal immigration as his main platform; and state Sen. Chris Lauzen.
“The city council, the police chief may not embrace your ideas, but you know what?” said Rosanna Pulido, who directs the Illinois Minuteman Project. “You just got to keep knocking and knocking and knocking.”
Plan: Video illustrates ways to deal with illegal immigrants.