09/04/2011 02:22 pm ET | Updated Nov 04, 2011

Cook County Board Could Vote On Freeing Inmates Wanted By Immigration Authorities

Cook County commissioners on Wednesday could take center stage in the nation's immigration debate if they enact a proposal that would begin freeing some jail inmates wanted by federal authorities.

The measure requires the sheriff to decline Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests known as detainers "unless there is a written agreement with the federal government by which all costs incurred" by the county are reimbursed.

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