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Enforcing Immigration Laws Locally In Duluth

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A special agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A special agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Duluth City Council is expected to weigh in on a bill that calls on local law enforcement officers to play a more active role in enforcing federal immigration laws.

Two councilors have introduced a resolution opposing a House bill they say could overburden local officers and impede police relations with minority groups.

Councilor Patrick Boyle says it will only “increase mistrust and create barriers to open dialogue.” Boyle and Sharla Gardner have offered the resolution to be considered Monday night.

Not all councilors agree. Todd Fedora says the bill simply requires officers to make a reasonable effort to determine if a suspect is in the country illegally. Fedora tells the Duluth News Tribune the council shouldn’t be debating immigration policy.

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