Allentown City Councilman Louis J. Hershman has revised his proposed illegal immigration law and plans to force the matter before council by collecting signatures from residents.
Under his new bill, city officials would be required to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
The police department would designate two officers to investigate and detain illegal immigrants. The department would also confirm the identities of people in police custody.
City officials would also verify residences of people when legal status is required by law, contract, and eligibility rules for a benefit, service or license.
Hershman’s original bill, which was never formally introduced because it didn’t receive a second from another councilman, would have penalized companies for hiring illegal immigrants and landlords for renting to them.
‘’I wasn’t looking for this to go to the courts,'’ Hershman said Monday at the last meeting of his ad hoc committee on illegal immigration. ‘’…This will satisfy everyone.'’
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