Illinois Trust Act Organizational Endorsement Letter
As the federal government ramps up immigration enforcement, it has increasingly entangled state and local law enforcement agencies. ICE receives information from police and sheriff’s departments through shared databases and data-sharing mechanisms like the controversial “Secure Communities” program. The Trump Administration is also trying to enlist law police through such programs as 287(g) that deputize officers to carry on immigration enforcement work, and through requests to participate in or coordinate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations.
Police and ICE entanglement jeopardizes the safety of everyone in Illinois.
Nearly half of all Latinos (regardless of status) are less likely to report crimes for fear of being questioned about their status.
Many domestic violence survivors are discouraged from reporting their abusers. Already many survivors of domestic violence end up being arrested alongside their abusers and as a result get fed into the deportation pipeline.
Most police departments have limited resources that are stretched with enforcing state and local laws without also collaborating with immigration enforcement.
Deporting the undocumented would wreck hundreds of thousands of Illinois families and in particular damage a generation of children of immigrants.
The Illinois TRUST Act sets reasonable, constitutional limits on local police interaction with ICE enforcement, and seeks to protect and build trust between law enforcement agencies and immigrant communities. This legislation:
Bars federal immigration agents from making arrests in state-funded schools, health institutions, Secretary of State facilities, or courthouses unless presenting a court-issued warrant.
Bars law enforcement agencies in Illinois from engaging in immigration enforcement unless the federal immigration agents present a warrant issued by a judge.
Creates deadlines and standards for law enforcement agencies to complete certifications requested by immigrant victims of certain crimes who cooperate with law enforcement. Certifications are one of the many requirements for immigrant crime victims to apply for certain visas.
Bars local participation in federal registry programs based on national origin or religion, such as a potential Muslim registry.
The undersigned organizations endorse the passage of the Illinois Trust Act:
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A broad and diverse coalition of organizations support the Illinois Trust Act.
- Access Living
- ACLU Illinois
- Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE)
- American Immigration Lawyers Association - Greater Chicago Chapter
- Apna Ghar Inc.
- Arab American Action Network
- Arab American Family Services
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago
- Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
- Casa Michoacan – FEDECMI
- Centro Romero
- Centro Trabajadores Unidos
- Champaign Urbana Immigration Forum
- Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
- Chicago Federation of Labor
- Chicago Irish Immigrant Support
- Chicago Legal Clinic
- Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network
- Chicago Religious Leadership Network
- Chicago Teacher's Union
- Chinese Mutual Aid Association
- Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community
- Communities United
- Community of Congregations
- Council on American Islamic Relations - Chicago
- Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
- Chicago Teachers Union
- Enlace Chicago
- Erie Neighborhood House
- Faith Coalition for the Common Good
- Family Focus Aurora
- Famil Federacion de Hidalguenses en Illinois
- Fedenaymo Nayaritas at Midwest
- Federacion Internacional de Morelenses
- Fight For $15
- Gamaliel of IL/Iowa
- Gamaliel of Metro Chicago
- Grassroots Collaborative
- Hamdard Center
- Hana Center
- Hanul Family Alliance
- Healing to Action
- Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
- Illinois AFL-CIO
- Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- Illinois People's Action
- Illinois Women's March
- Indo-American Center
- Instituto del Progreso Latino
- Interfaith Leadership Project
- Jobs With Justice
- Latino Organization of the South
- Latino Policy Forum
- Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy
- Logan Square Neighborhood Association
- Mano a Mano
- Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF)
- Mujeres Latinas En Accion
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Illinois Chapter
- Northern Alliance for Immigrants
- Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors
- National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
- North Suburban Teachers Union
- Northwest Suburban Organizing for Action
- Pan Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) Coalition
- PASO West Suburban Action Project
- Peoria No Ban No Wall
- Planned Parenthood Illinois
- Project Irene
- Quad Cities Interfaith
- Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
- SEIU Local 1
- SEIU HCII
- Southern Illinois Immigrant Rights Project
- Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)
- Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP)
- Syrian Community Network
- The Resurrection Project
- The Young Center of the University of Chicago
- United African Organization
- United Congregations of Metro East
- United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations
- UNITE HERE Local 1