Sheriff blames Chicago for immigrant crime

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. Lake County’s sheriff is blaming the city of Chicago’s failure to control illegal immigrants for rising crime.

WAUKEGAN, Ill.      Lake County’s sheriff is blaming the city of Chicago’s failure to control illegal immigrants for rising crime. Sheriff Mark Curran said Thursday the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois have shown little interest in cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Curran said he was doing his part to stop "the terror inflicted by many of these illegal aliens." However, he said he and his office does not tolerate any discrimination based on race or ethnicity or condone racial profiling. Mayor Richard Daley said immigrants were an important part of Chicago and that anti-immigrant groups overstate the amount of crime committed by undocumented immigrants. Curran has applied for certification in a program that gives local law enforcement officials deportation powers under Immigration and Customs supervision. AP ______ Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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