Public Education TRUST Act Skit

Do you want to help educate your community about the practical result of making the TRUST Act (SB-31) the law of Illinois?  The Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois member organizations The Resurrection Project and Jewish Council on Urban Affairs can help set the stage! On July 11th, community leaders debuted a skit to help communities understand what the TRUST Act means on the ground, when residents of Illinois interact with local law enforcement. Check out the script below!  

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"This is how the law should work!"

TRUST Act Public Education Skit 

Skit #1:

4 or 5 People Needed

Person #1--Undocumented Person, Driving in “Car” made out of cardboard

Person #2--Police Officer, wearing large sign saying BPD

Person #3--Police Officer 2

Person #4--ICE Agent, wearing large sign saying ICE

Person #5--Narrator

Scenario #1: Without TRUST Act--Police Officer pulls over someone for speeding. Officer looks them up, realizes that they are undocumented, calls ICE Agent, and detains the individual.

Narrator:

Person #1--Driving along in their “car”, is stopped by Officer

Police Officer--Excuse me sir, do you know how fast you were going? License and registration please.

(Person hands them papers, Cop walks away. Pretends to look up things on computer or through papers, talks to other cop and makes a call.)

Police Officer to Police Officer 2--Looks like this person has an old deportation order, let’s call Joe down at ICE to have him come handle this.

Police Officer 2-Can we do that?

Police Officer--Absolutely! (On phone)--Yes, I have someone here at a traffic stop who has an old deportation order, can you come meet me to detain them? Yes, I am on South Main Street.

ICE Agent walks up--Sir, you are going to have to come with me.

ICE agent mimics putting Person #1 in handcuffs and starts to lead them away, Police Officer stands and smiles. Scene FREEZES in place.

Narrator--This person was simply running errands and went a few miles over the speed limit. Is that fair that they are now in custody? (Crowd boos) Is that right? (Crowd boos). Under the current law, this is allowed to happen. Police officers, when going about their work, can become agents of Immigration, and help to detain people.In addition, if someone is in jail even if there are no charges, or charges get dropped, or the pays bail, the police can hold them and keep them for ICE to come detain them. I don’t think that’s right, do you? What if there was a law that could stop this from happening?

Person #1--Undocumented Person, Driving in “Car” made out of cardboard

Person #2--Police Officer, wearing large sign saying BPD

Person #3--Police Officer 2

Person #4--Narrator 

Skit #2 

Person #1--Driving along in their “car”, is stopped by Officer

Police Officer--Excuse me sir, do you know how fast you were going? License and registration please. (Person hands them papers, Cop walks away. Pretends to look up things on computer or through papers, talks to other cop and makes a call.)

Police Officer to Police Officer 2--Looks like this person has an old deportation order, let’s call Joe down at ICE to have him come handle this.

Police Officer 2-No, we can’t do that. That breaks the law.

Police Officer--Are you sure?l

Police Officer 2--Absolutely, we aret not allowed to work with ICE unless we have a warrant for their arrest. We need to give him a ticket for speeding and let him go about his day.

Police Officer--Okay. (Walks back to car) Sir, please be careful driving around here, here is a ticket for speeding. Please be safe. Scene FREEZES with all three smiling.

Narrator--If Governor Rauner signs the TRUST Act, this scene would look very differently. Police officers would not be able to help ICE unless there is a criminal warrant for someone’s arrest. If someone gets stopped or pulled over and the police suspect or somehow discover that the person is undocumented, then the police cannot arrest that person based only on that person being undocumented.  and ICE asks the jail to hold that person even if there are no charges, or charges get dropped, or the person pays bail, then the jail cannot hold that person any longer so that ICE can come pick her up. Isn’t this how the law should work? (Cheers) This law would help to keep thousands of families in Illinois safe.