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Illinois Takes One Step Closer to Being Safer for Immigrants and their Families

April 7, 2017

The Illinois Senate Executive Committee took an important step today toward making Illinois safer for immigrants and their families. The TRUST Act (SB-31), filed by Senate President John Cullerton, passed through the committee with 11 members voting in favor, five voting present, and no opposing votes. The bill creates a bright line between local police and federal immigration agents, and sends a message to Illinois’ immigrant residents that seeking police assistance will not result in their deportation.

The TRUST Act’s main provisions will:

  • Bar federal agents from schools and health facilities if they do not have a warrant,
  • Bar local law enforcement from engaging in immigration enforcement without a court-issued warrant,
  • Assist immigrant crime victims seeking legal protection, and
  • Bar local participation in a federal registry based on country of origin or religion