Sheboygan proposal that would mandate proof of citizenship fails

Vote was 14-1 against it

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - SHEBOYGAN -- A proposal that would require police to ask for proof of citizenship when they stop someone failed in a Sheboygan Common Council meeting Monday by a vote of 1-14. 

Alderman Job Hoy-Seye, who proposed the resolution, was the only vote in favor of the resolution. 

Hoy-Seye calls himself a conservative who does not think this is a racial issue, but a financial one to protect the city's federal funding.

Mayor Mike Vandersteen said before the meeting the proposal may be dead on arrival.

"I don't think this will pass," Vandersteen said.

The resolution would have required police ask people they stop for proof they are a U.S. citizen, "...and follow federal law detaining...undocumented individuals, until they can be transferred to the custody of homeland security," the resolution reads.

Sheboygan County Sheriff Todd Priebe was not supportive of the proposal. 

"We need to think about our approach on this and the ripple effect that we'll have on our communities and also our social services and there is a way we can still get this done hold the bad apples accountable," he said. 

A Latino rights organization, Voces de la Frontera also publicly opposed the proposal. 

The Sheboygan police chief did not return a phone call for comment. The mayor tells TODAY'S TMJ4, "he [the Sheboygan police chief] feels they're following the law properly and he doesn't feel any change is needed."

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