Jesse White says his office does not disclose legal status of residents

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is applauded by Mariyana Spyropoulos commissioner at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chcago, left, and other officials as he announces his bid for a fifth term in office, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Chicago. So far, White faces no opponents. He was first elected to the office in 1998. In 2010 he received the most votes of any candidate seeking public office since 1978. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said Monday that his office does not share information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or any other law enforcement agency on the issue of a person’s legal status in the United States.

White made his comment in response to published stories saying that ICE and the Federal Bureau of Investigation use photos from Drivers License offices nationwide as a means to identify undocumented persons.

Illinois was not mentioned as one of the participating states. White’s statement serves to underscore this fact.

If an individual is being sought by a law enforcement agency for criminal activity, we fully cooperate with authorities, but we do not specifically disclose the person’s legal standing.”

Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State

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