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Conversation over immigration ordinance turns tense in Bloomington

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

The debate over the Welcoming City ordinance has strained relations between some councilmembers and the mayor.

Several councilmembers sent Mayor Tari Renner a request to defer the vote, saying they needed more time to think about the ordinance.

Two members voiced frustration when the mayor opened the discussion and one appeared to be ready to leave.

Some councilmembers question how the proposed ordinance would differ from state legislation that welcomes undocumented immigrants.

The Bloomington City Council has yet to vote on the local proposal.

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