At a time of heightened fear, the TRUST Act (SB 31) builds bridges between vulnerable immigrant residents and local police
(SPRINGFIELD, IL -- May 31, 2017) Today the Illinois TRUST Act (SB 31) won final approval by the Illinois General Assembly with bipartisan support. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Bruce Rauner, who will have 60 days to sign the bill into law after he receives it.
The TRUST Act will prevent local police from holding people for immigration purposes without court-issued warrants; and forbid local police from stopping, searching or arresting anyone based on their immigration or citizenship status, upholding basic requirements under the US and Illinois Constitution. This bill has won legislative approval at a time when the current federal administration ramps up immigration enforcement, and states like Texas are passing their own restrictive legislation, fanning fear and discouraging immigrant communities from calling police. Illinois is instead seeking to encourage trust between immigrants and law enforcement, and provide a national model for welcoming immigrants and addressing public safety.
“The General Assembly has done the right thing for all of Illinois in passing this legislation during such a critical time in our history.” said Lawrence Benito, chief executive officer of Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, a co-convener of the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois. “Thank you to Senate President Cullerton and to Representatives Welch and Hernandez for sponsoring the TRUST Act. Thanks most of all to our community members of the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois, without whom this progress would not have been possible.”
“The TRUST Act will enhance the cooperation between immigrant communities and law enforcement agencies across the state,” said Senate President John Cullerton, sponsor of SB 31. “The bill will also facilitate better use of limited resources, allowing police agencies to focus on relationship building with their residents instead of doing the work of federal immigration agents. The safety and wellbeing of the residents is grounded in working alongside the people whose mission it is to protect them, and this legislation is a step toward accomplishing just that.”
“I join with local law enforcement and State’s Attorneys who believe this measure will help foster cooperation between certain communities and law enforcement, which in turn will help keep our state safer,” said Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, who, along with four other Republican state senators, voted for the bill.
Over 60 organizations have endorsed the TRUST Act, including law enforcement agencies, community organizations and legal and advocacy groups from throughout the state.