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Viatorians Join With Faith Leaders in Rejoicing Over the Signing of the Trust Act in Illinois

August 29, 2017

Viatorians are rejoicing today. There is strength in numbers.

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, left, worked with other faith leaders in urging Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign into law the Trust Act

Earlier this month, Viatorians from across the Chicago Province joined with more than 200 other faith leaders in signing a letter urging Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign into law sign SB-31, or the “TRUST ACT.” The bill was designed to protect immigrant communities, strengthen public safety and continue to make Illinois a welcoming immigrant state.

The bill drew bipartisan support in the General Assembly and Gov. Rauner ultimately signed it into law on Monday, Aug. 28 paving the way for Illinois to become one of the most welcoming states in the nation.

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, who attended multiple rallies in support of the bill and was among the group of faith leaders who attempted to personally appeal to the governor last month, applauded the action.

“The Illinois Trust Act will enhance everyone’s safety as it will increase trust between immigrants and law enforcement allowing immigrants who are in danger to report crime.” said Fr. Corey Brost, CSV. “Additionally, Trust Act will reassure all immigrants that they are welcome and that the state will do everything it can to protect them and their families.”

In the letter sent to the governor from faith leaders, they appealed to the governor to spare families from being separated.

“Illinois has always chosen to act with love towards immigrants becoming a source of stability for immigrant families. The Trust Act will reassure all immigrants that they are welcome and that the state will do everything it can to protect them and their families.” 

The main provisions of the Trust Act are:

  • Bar local law enforcement from engaging in immigration enforcement without a court-issued warrant
  • Assist immigrant crime victims seeking legal protection
  • Bar federal agents from making arrests in schools and health facilities
  • Bar local participation in a federal registry based on country of origin or religion

“Our diverse faiths teach us that families are sacred, that we are inextricably bound to one another, and that we are called to protect the most vulnerable among us,” the letter concluded. “We urge you to give us confidence that our state will remain a beacon of hope for immigrants.”