Evanston aldermen are expected to talk more about immigration issues when the Human Services Committee meets at 7 p.m. tonight.

The meeting agenda had not yet been posted on the city’s website this morning, but at the committee’s last meeting aldermen said the issue would be discussed tonight.

Nothing the council is considering would alter the existing practice of city agencies — which is to avoid inquiring into the immigration status of persons requesting service from the city.

A resolution introduced by Alderman Edmund Moran, 6th Ward, would codify that practice, call for immigration reform at the national level and brand immigration opponents racist, while a version backed by Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste, 2nd Ward, would only call for reform of federal immigration policy.

For more background on the immigration issue, the New York Times Sunday had an article exploring the impact of the immigration issue on this year’s presidential campaign and a history of the controversy over immigration since the nation’s early days.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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