A group of U.S. Senators asked the Department of Homeland Security to adjust its approach to immigration enforcement in light of Cook County, Illinois' refusal to deny federal detention requests there. 

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is leading a group of Senators to continue pressing the Obama Administration on its controversial policy to sue states for passing immigration laws to protect their citizens, while turning a blind eye to jurisdictions that actively promote safe harbor immigration policies like Cook County.

In a Jan. 30 letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder, the Senators wrote that Cook County, "Should not be rewarded with federal taxpayer dollars for defying federal immigration authorities and putting public safety at risk."

According to GSN: Government Security News, the letter claimed that Cook County had been reimbursed with nearly $8 million through the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program in 2009 and 2010.

In September, the Cook County Board of Comissioners passed Ordinance 11-0-73, which allows suspected illegal aliens jailed in misdemeanor and felony cases to be freed despite federal requests to have them detained and deported. 

NumbersUSA's Illinois activists have been pressuring the Cook County Board of Commissioners to rescind the illegal-alien sanctuary policies.

For more information, read the full story at GSN: Government Security News.

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Updated: Tue, Jan 31st 2012 @ 3:00pm EST