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Willmar Mayor Les Heitke makes a point Monday following a discussion on a proposal calling for Willmar police officers to receive immigration enforcement training from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Heitke said he attended a convention recently of 85 Minnesota mayors and learned that no city in Minnesota uses the ICE program. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

City Council returns ICE issue to committee for further discussion


WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members want more discussion before deciding whether the police department should be trained to enforce federal immigration laws.

Council members Monday night debated the possibility of contracting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to train the Police Department in immigration enforcement, and agreed the issue should return to the Public Works/Safety Committee for more discussion.

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David Little
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