TRUST Act Passes IL House, Paves Way for Illinois to Become Most Welcoming State for Immigrants

Released at: May 29, 2017
Contact: Sophie Vodvarka

(CHICAGO, IL -- May 29, 2017) The Illinois House voted today 62-49 with 7 abstentions to forbid local law enforcement from complying with unconstitutional detention requests from the federal immigration agency. If signed into law, Illinois will be the strongest state in the nation creating a clear distinction between the work of local police and federal immigration agents.

“This is a huge victory for the people of Illinois, and we’re thankful that the General Assembly listened to the community and choose TRUST over President Trump’s hateful immigration policies,” said Tuyet Le, executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago and member of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, co-convening organizations of the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois. “Community members made over 1,000 calls to House members and the Governor in support of TRUST this week, and we’re going to keep pushing until it becomes law here in Illinois.”

The Illinois TRUST Act will forbid local police from holding people for immigration purposes without court-ordered warrants and forbid local police from stopping, searching or arresting anyone based on their immigration or citizenship status.

“I feel safer and more confident in my community when I know interacting with law enforcement won’t hurt my family, friends and local businesses,” said Estela Vara, a community leader from P.A.S.O - West Suburban Action Project, a member organization of the steering committee for the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois. “Immigrants are Illinoisans too, and we deserve protection and just policies to keep us safe. I am proud to support the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois.”

“By passing this law, our state leaders are showing the nation that Illinois believes in upholding constitutional rights for everyone,” said Mark Fleming, national litigation coordinator for the National Immigrant Justice Center. “Immigrants are welcome here, and all of our state’s residents should be able to go about their lives, run their businesses, raise their families, and reach out for help from the police without fear that they may be exiled from their homes.”

Co-sponsored by Representatives Lisa Hernandez (D-24) and Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7), SB-31 is expected to pass the Senate this week, then head to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk for his signature or veto.

"The nation is watching Illinois today, and I’m so proud to support the strongest statewide safeguard in our country for our immigrant communities, who now more than ever need to be able to safely go about their daily lives without risk of deportation,” Representative Hernandez said. “The anti-immigrant rhetoric of Donald Trump must be addressed, so I urge Gov. Rauner to sign the TRUST Act and reassure our community that Illinois does not tolerate hate.”  

“Illinois stands with immigrant communities. In response to attacks against our communities of color, we came together with organizations and individuals to work on a statewide solution to make our communities safer,” said Representative Welch. “The TRUST Act ensures that a person’s immigration status does not place them at risk of being turned over to immigration authorities. We are proud to send a bill to Gov. Rauner that reflects his statement this spring addressing the need for welcoming policies in Illinois and we urge him to sign SB31 into law.”

The Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois is committed to bringing some of the original provisions which did not reach final approval in the General Assembly back in 2018.

Thank you to all of the organizations who supported the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois and passing the TRUST Act!:

Access Living

ACLU of Illinois

American Immigration Lawyers Association - Chicago Chapter

Arab American Action Network

Arab American Family Services

Asian Americans Advancing Justice |Chicago

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos

Centro Romero

Champaign Urbana Immigration Forum

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Chicago Federation of Labor

Chicago Legal Clinic

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network

Chicago Religious Leadership Network

Chicago Teachers Union

Chinese Mutual Aid Association

Communities United

Community of Congregations

Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago

Erie Neighborhood House

Faith Coalition for the Common Good

Family Focus Aurora

Federación de Clubes Michoacanos en Illinois

Federación de Hidalguenses en Illinois

Federación Internacional de Morelenses

Fedenaymo Nayaritas at Midwest

Gamaliel of IL/Iowa

Gamaliel of Metro Chicago

Grassroots Collaborative

Hana Center

Hanul Family Alliance

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

Illinois AFL-CIO

Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Illinois Women's March on Springfield

Indo-American Center

Instituto del Progreso Latino

Interfaith Leadership Project

Jewish Council of Urban Affairs

Latino Policy Forum

Latino Organization of the South

Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Mano-A-Mano Family Resource Center

Mayor’s Office of the City of Chicago

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund 

Mujeres Latinas en Accion

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Illinois Chapter

National Immigrant Justice Center

North Suburban Teachers Union

Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors

Office of the Cook County Sheriff

Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney

Office of the Illinois Attorney General

PASO (West Suburban Action Project)

Peoria No Ban No Wall

Project Irene

Protected By Faith

Quad Cities Interfaith

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

SEIU Healthcare Illinois/Indiana

Southwest Organizing Project

Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project

The Resurrection Project

UNITE HERE Local 1

United Congregations of Metro East

United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations

Women's March on Chicago