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Cleveland Heights residents could soon weigh in on immigration issues through new task force

Posted at 7:12 AM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 07:12:41-04

Border walls and sanctuary cities are all the talk in Washington and across the country lately. One local community wants to take in immigration on its own by creating a team dedicated to the issue.

"It regulates how we interact with our residents. Interact with people passing through Cleveland Heights," said Councilman Kahlil Seren.

Seren introduced legislation to make the immigration task force possible.

"I don't believe that my legislation qualifies as sanctuary city legislation, but it goes a little farther than the welcoming city legislation did and I recognize that," said the councilman.

The group will be made up of two members of law enforcement, three residents, the Cleveland Heights mayor, city manager, police chief and a member of city council.

The residents and police officers will have to apply to be part of the task force and their positions will be appointed by the mayor.

The task force will be the go-to group when immigration issues in the city arise.

"Explore the issues in a clear, fair and thorough way so that we can get some great recommendations, and some great findings about how Cleveland Heights can work in this space," said Seren.