Congratulations to the good people of Springfield. Elon Glucklich in the RG:
… The council voted unanimously Monday evening to end the ICE contract with the Springfield Police Department. Since 2012, the contract has allowed ICE to rent up to five of its 100 municipal jail beds at a time for inmates transferred there from other ICE detention centers, including those accused only of being in the country illegally.
.. Several [speakers] said they or their family members were undocumented and risked deportation each time they went to the store or dropped a child off at school.
“It’s still a fear for a lot of community members, people who are undocumented and for children,” Springfield resident Ana Molina said. “Especially when their parents go off to work hear and hear ICE is in town. The fear is still there.”
… Councilors then voted to end the contract.
The proposal before the council was to amend the contract to allow “only the housing of ICE detainees charged with felonies or serious misdemeanors, or with such a criminal history.” But Springfield no longer trusts the federal government to make those judgements – and why would they – so they cancelled it all.