Images from county meeting on immigration policies

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It was standing room only as people crowded to speak — most in favor but some opposed — about resolutions on immigration policy at a public meeting of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday evening in Ann Arbor. The Ann partner Demond Johnson, freelance writer Beth Solberg and I gave the event the #ANNtourage treatment. Solberg is writing an article on immigrants for an upcoming print edition.

After several members of the public spoke, the resolutions passed with a roll-call vote and the crowd erupted in applause and cheers. The matter will now go before the full county board. 

(These are just a few images with limited caption information. It’s been far too long since I played part-time photojournalist — we’re talking early ’90s — and my note-taking-while-shooting skills are atrophied.) 

Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith, left, speaks with Curtis Hedger, lawyer for the county board, before the meeting was gaveled to order. Smith introduced a packet of resolutions intended to protect undocumented immigrants who come into contact with county authorities. Apparently, lawyers revised the resolutions repeatedly until shortly before they were officially presented.


People crowded the county board’s chambers well before the start of the meeting. Individuals who spoke in favor of the resolutions were met with resounding applause and cheers; those opposed got scattered applause at best.


Seating was provided in the hall outside the chamber for some of the overflow crowd.


It was hard to elbow my way through the crowd, so I didn’t get many speaker shots.


After the meeting, Maria, one of the speakers, talks with reporters while a cameraman from the American Civil Liberties Union records video for a documentary.

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Jim McBee

Founding partner, creative director and ink-stained wretch with The Ann magazine.