Jackson County board says no to “safe and welcoming” resolution

The Jackson County Board voted no on a controversial resolution that would have established the county as a sanctuary county. At yesterday’s monthly meeting, the board deadlocked 6 to 6 on a revised version of the motion, which sought to establish Jackson County as a “safe and welcoming county” for everyone, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The motion needed a simple majority to pass. The initial version of the resolution placed limits on law enforcement to inquire about someone’s status without authorization. An estimated 17-thousand southern Illinois residents are immigrants.