DHS Rescission of DAPA Highlights Need for Illinois TRUST Act

Released at: June 16, 2017
Contact: Fred Tsao

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Fred Tsao, 312-332-7360 x213

On June 15, 2017, US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly issued a memo rescinding the 2014 Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, which would have protected as many as five million undocumented immigrants but was blocked by federal courts.  The memo expressly preserves the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has benefited nearly 800,000 immigrant youths including 41,000 in Illinois.  The following is the statement of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:

The Trump Administration has already massively increased immigration enforcement, tearing apart hundreds of thousands of families and terrorizing entire communities.  ICIRR is deeply disappointed that the Department of Homeland Security has rescinded the DAPA memo, which, despite never being allowed to take effect, still offered hope for immigrants seeking to remain in their communities and support their families.

The Administration’s reaffirmation of DACA, on the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s announcement of that program, is welcome relief for thousands of youths in Illinois and across the country.  This Administration, however, has targeted dozens of DACA recipients for enforcement activity. Instead of temporary measures that the Administration can still take away, ICIRR continues to call for permanent solutions that will protect and more fully welcome the millions of undocumented immigrants who are already part of our community, our economy, and our nation.

The surge in federal immigration enforcement has made it all the more urgent for state and local officials to implement policies that protect immigrant families and uphold the basic protections that the US Constitution provides.  The Illinois TRUST Act (SB 31) sets reasonable, constitutional limits on local law enforcement interactions with federal immigration authorities.  The Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois, a broad coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, civil rights, and other organizations co-convened by ICIRR, won General Assembly approval of the Illinois TRUST Act, and is now urging Governor Rauner to sign it.  The Campaign calls on everyone who supports sensible immigration policies to call Governor Rauner at 312-814-2121 or 217-782-0244 and ask him to sign the Illinois TRUST Act.  For more information on the Illinois TRUST Act, please visit www.trustinil.org

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit www.icirr.org