Dispatches: Carpentersville, IL
Carpentersville, Illinois, Trustees have initiated an effort to pass the IIRA and English Only acts passed by Hazelton, Pennsylvania.
A growing population of illegal aliens has had a negative effect on the town:
â€œI have been following what other villages and communities have been doing around the country to try and find a solution to the problem,â€ Humpfer said. â€œWe want to make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to live in the village. That is the extent of it.â€
Two main issues â€” crowding and a spike in public safety costs â€” prompted Humpfer to take action on the measure.
Legal residents of the village are unfairly shouldering health care, educational and other expenses of illegal immigration, Humpfer said.
â€œOur need for officers with special training and equipment has increased with the growing gang problem in the village, and thus has increased the cost of this service to the village,â€ he said. â€œThe need for public safety services increases when we have people living in the shadows of society who are using village services.â€
Although details are not finalized, Humpfer said the police department would likely enforce the ordinance. He said landlords could face fines while business owners could lose licenses, in addition to being fined.
The latest news from Carpentersville is below the fold.
The illegal immigration debate in Carpentersville will likely spill over to the next village board meeting.
What began as a civilized audit and finance commission meeting Wednesday night quickly turned into a hostile, 45-minute debate complete with accusations, finger pointing and dissent.
After the commission moved on the issue of rental unit inspection and licensing, commission Chairman Paul Humpfer introduced a discussion item he said was related to residential housing and rental units: illegal immigration.
â€œI have seen an increase in gang activity, crime, overcrowding, and I am concerned there are illegal aliens living in the village,â€ said Humpfer, to the applause of some residents in attendance. â€œThere have been situations that found people who are illegal aliens are living here.â€
Humpfer cited several instances, including the writing off of more than $372,000 in ambulance bills because two collection agencies â€œcould not find these people.â€
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