Gov. Rauner signs TRUST Act

For Immediate Release
Monday, August 28, 2017

Elizabeth Tomev

Gov. Rauner signs TRUST Act

New law will help law enforcement focus on reducing crime

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2017) – Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed Senate Bill 31 – the TRUST Act – which will continue Illinois’ history of welcoming immigrants and help law enforcement focus on stopping violent crime and protecting Illinois residents.

“Illinois has been welcoming of immigrants for a long time, and this bill will continue that tradition,” Gov. Rauner said. “It also makes clear that stopping violent crime will be law enforcement’s mission rather than working on federal prerogatives that a federal court has found illegal.”

The Northern District of Illinois federal court has found that immigration detainer orders from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are illegal. SB 31 reinforces that court ruling. Furthermore, under the TRUST Act, law enforcement shall not stop, arrest, search, detain or continue to detain a person solely due to immigration status. Instead, detainment will require a warrant issued by a judge. The new law will improve connectivity between immigrants and law enforcement, making Illinois safer for all residents.

“It breaks my heart to see the senseless violence going on in our streets, especially when that violence is inflicted on innocent children,” Gov. Rauner said. “We need to prioritize our resources for the prevention of violent crime.”

The TRUST Act makes clear that Illinois will be a good partner with the federal government, and law enforcement will continue communicating with federal immigration and law enforcement officials.

“The Illinois TRUST Act brings us a step forward in the right direction to ensure that all Illinois residents are treated equally and with human dignity by the federal government,” said state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero), who was a chief co-sponsor of the bill.

“Immigrants in our community should not have to feel unsafe when they go to work or take their children to school,” said state Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-Hillside), who was the primary sponsor of the bill in the House. “This legislation will ensure that proper legal procedures are being followed and provide peace of mind to members of our community.”

SB 31 was the result of compromise and negotiations. It is supported by law enforcement, including the Illinois State Police, and immigration groups.

“The TRUST Act does not prohibit state and local law enforcement from working with federal law enforcement, and it does nothing to change law enforcement’s ability to arrest and detain individuals who commit criminal acts and hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz said. “No person should fear the police, and everyone in Illinois should feel welcome and safe to contact the police for safety.”


VICTORY: Governor Rauner to Sign TRUST!

Governor Rauner will sign the Illinois TRUST Act (SB 31) next Monday, August 28th!

The TRUST Act is now the national gold standard as it is the strongest statewide deportation protection policy in the country. The TRUST Act  will:

  • Provide critical protection from deportation for Illinois residents by preventing local police from stopping, searching, or arresting anyone based solely on that person’s immigration status;
  • Uphold basic requirements under our Bill of Rights by requiring a warrant issued by a judge before anyone can be arrested and jailed for immigration purposes;
  • Ensure that local residents can interact with police without fear that they will end up in deportation proceedings
This historic victory is due to the incredible work of 85+ member organizations from throughout Illinois through the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois. Together we have demonstrated what we can achieve when we come together in struggle for justice.
Check out recent TRUST Act Media hits here: 

ICIRR’s Statement: VICTORY: Governor Rauner will sign the Illinois TRUST Act on August 28!
ABC7: Governor Expected to sign Bill Protecting Undocumented Victims of and Witnesses to Crime
Telemundo: Gobernador Rauner firmará el “Trust Act”
The Atlantic: Don’t Call Illinois a ‘Sanctuary State’

Want to support this work to help up build power and win more victories for immigrants and refugees?
Here are three ways you can help!

1) Sign up to get involved, and help us win more: Click here for ICIRR’s Rise Up page!
2) Become an ICIRR Change Maker, our new individual membership program: Click here to become an ICIRR Change Maker!
3) Attend or support our Fundraiser Gala on September 7th!: Click here for information on ICIRR’s Gala!

Thank you for all that you do to support Immigrants and Refugees in Illinois!

Arpaio Pardon Tells Bigots They Have a Friend in the White House

Forum Statement on Joe Arpaio

President Trump’s Pardon Tells Bigots They Have a Friend in the White House!

CHICAGO – The Latino Policy Forum condemns President Donald Trump’s unusual pardoning of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose history of racial profiling, bigotry and defiance of federal laws led to his conviction of criminal contempt by a federal court judge last month.

According to the Washington Post, federal officials under President George W. Bush started investigating the Arpaio’s office in 2008 for potential civil rights violations. The investigation continued under President Obama and, in 2011, the Justice Department concluded Arpaio had engaged in systemic racial profiling of Latinos. The conclusion led to the Department of Homeland Security removing immigration-enforcement authority from Arpaio’s agency.

Last July, Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court, stemming from a 2007 racial-profiling case in which Latinos were being discriminated against at traffic stops,” Forum Executive Director Sylvia Puente said. “A federal judge ordered Arpaio to stop to stop detaining people solely because they were Latino and suspected of being undocumented. Arpaio responded by publicly thumbing his nose at the order and vowing to continue as his reputation began growing nationally.”

“What we’re left with is a former sheriff and a sitting president who tout the rule of law while flagrantly violating the notion by overruling a judicial decision that clearly articulated the sheriff’s contempt and blatant disregard for our process of government,” Puente said. “The president has sided with an unrepentant racist and once again lifted his supporters above the law.”

“Joe Arpaio has bragged about being ‘America’s toughest sheriff,’ but in reality he’s a disgrace to the men and women who wear a police uniform and the list of reasons is too long to include here,” Puente said. “However, some of the lowlights involve his time as sheriff of the Phoenix area, when Arpaio kept immigrants in medieval conditions in a tent city referred to as a ‘concentration camp,’ where inmates were forced to work on chain gangs and publicly humiliated by being forced to wear pink underwear. He had jail cameras that showed female inmates using the toilet accessible on the Internet. A troubling number of inmates were brutalized under his watch. All the meanwhile, Arpaio bragged about profiling Latinos with his immigrant sweeps, and when reporters covered his antics he had them arrested.”

Arpaio’s wanton disregard for human rights and brutality of brown-skinned people has cost Maricopa County millions of taxpayer dollars in lawsuits. Puente added. “This pardon comes on the heels of Trump claiming to want to heal America’s wounds suffered from Charlottesville. However, with this action, the president has done nothing less than assure racists across the country that they have a friend in the White House,” Puente said.

Rauner & Trust Act

For those who did not hear the interview with Governor Rauner on WBEZ this morning, he did not explicitly say what he planned to do with the Trust Act. He did say the bill is “very reasonable” and spoke in fairly positive terms.

We’re hopeful and encouraged by the Governor’s statement today that he finds the bill to be “reasonable”. Based on his statement today, the feeling among advocates is the he will sign the bill before the constitutional deadline of Monday, August 28th.

There are 10 days left for the Governor to sign the Trust Act. If you are able and willing to call, this is a draft call script:“Hello, my name is _____________, I am calling in support of the Illinois Trust Act, SB 31, and strongly urge the governor to sign the bill into law. Thank you.”

Springfield Office: (217) 782-0244 / Chicago Office: (312) 814-2121

Please click here for a story on the Governor’s statement today. As soon as we hear more news, I will relay to you. Thank you.

Para aquellos que no escucharon la entrevista con el gobernador Rauner en WBEZ esta mañana, no dijo explícitamente lo que planeaba hacer con el Trust Act. Él dijo que el proyecto de ley es “muy razonable” y habló en términos positivos.

Somos esperanzados y alentados por la declaración del gobernador ahora. Basado en su declaración, el sentimiento de muchos de las organizaciones es que el gobernador probablemente firmará el proyecto de ley antes de la fecha límite, lunes 28 de Agosto.

Quedan 10 días para que el gobernador firma el Trust Act. Si puede y esta dispuesta/o a llamar, esto es un script de llamada: “Hola, mi nombre es _______________, estoy llamando en apoyo del Trust Act, SB 31, y exhort al Gobernador a firmarlo. Gracias.”

Oficina en Springfield: (217) 782-0244 / Oficina en Chicago: (312) 814-2121

Reminder: NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards – Advanced Tickets End TODAY!

Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 6-11 p.m.
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Chicago Desi Youth Rising (CYDR)
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Action Alert! Call Governor Rauner and Chicago Aldermen!

We made history last month!

We are energized by the incredible work of the grassroots leaders who helped encourage the General Assembly of Illinois to pass the TRUST Act (SB-31) this spring! This is a huge victory for immigrants in Illinois. Read ICIRR’s Statement here!

We’re not done yet. We need to let Gov. Rauner know that we want to make the TRUST Act law! This month, we invite you to join our “Communities on the Line” Call-In Campaign to encourage Governor Rauner to sign the TRUST Act immediately!

Call Gov Rauner’s Springfield (217-782-0244) and Chicago (312-814-2121) office!

2) Say: “Hello, my name is ____. I am an Illinois resident I am calling to ask that Governor Rauner to sign the Illinois TRUST Act, SB-31. This will protect our 4th amendment rights, and will make me, my family and people I care about more secure in Illinois. Can you pass this message along to the Governor? Thank you.”

3) Report your call here!

Want to join our TRUST Act social media campaign? Click here for more info!

Additionally, last week we joined a coalition of organizations at a powerful press conference at City Hall, urging City Council to amend Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance.

This week, take action in 2 ways for Welcoming Cities!

Find your Alderman here. Record your call here!

Join our Rally in defense of amendments to the Welcoming City Ordinance at Daley Plaza this Thursday at 11am, that would strengthen the policy and make sure that no immigrants are excluded from protections. Click here to RSVP!

Thank you for all that you do!

VICTORY: Muslim ban struck down again!

Yesterday, President Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban was struck down in court again.

Glenn speaks in front of a court houseIn the legal challenge that NQAPIA joined, the U.S Court of Appeals for the 9thCircuit determined that Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban is illegal. The court upheld a lower court’s decision in Hawaii to block Trump’s revised executive order barring individuals from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees from entering the United States.

NQAPIA had filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief showing how the anti-Muslim and anti-refugee ban has a direct impact on the lives of LGBTQ people and tears our families apart. Brief is here:

Increased hate violence since the President took office has targeted Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians. The tragic shootings in Kansas and Washington State, arson attacks and vandalism of mosques, and anti-Muslim rallies in 30 cities over the weekend demonstrate the hate this administration has cultivated.

And as LGBT people who are commemorating the tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub a year ago, we know that we must stand up and stand together.

You’ve stood by us before, and we won. Will you contribute whatever you can today to help us continue fighting back against Trump’s hateful and regressive policies?

We will continue to stand with our friends at Immigration Equality, NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, and Skadden Arp who worked so hard on the brief. Together with our partners and supporters like you, we will fight back against Trump’s unjust and xenophobic policies.

Thank you for standing up for equality and justice for all,


Glenn D. Magpantay