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Big chill for proposed ICE office in Marlborough

Posted by Ralph Ranalli August 24, 2007 06:30 PM

MARLBOROUGH

Federal immigration officers will not open an office in Marlborough.

In June the City Council had asked Mayor Nancy Stevens to explore the feasibility of inviting the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to open an office in the city at local taxpayer expense. But in talks with federal immigration officials, it has become clear that the city’s request will not be granted, Stevens said in a letter addressed to the City Council dated Aug. 23.

Further, Assistant City Solicitor Panagore Griffin issued an opinion saying that local government cannot spend money to support immigration control because it is a federal matter, the letter stated. ICE has had “numerous similar requests,” Stevens continued, and will respond collectively to the communities.

An ICE special agent has agreed to appear before the City Council to discuss how the federal agency can support Marlborough but no date has been set, according to Stevens.

-- Lisa Kocian

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