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*** UPDATED x1 *** IBIC explains the “TRUST Act” bill

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017

* The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition has a pretty good summation of the TRUST Act bill. And since there’s so much opposition from people who don’t know what’s actually in it, I thought I’d share part of their press release with you…

Trust ACT SB 31 is a ” very reasonable” bill​, as Governor Rauner said on Friday, August 18 on WBEZ’s morning shift program. It has the backing of business leaders and support from some big names in state law enforcement like Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran. Trust Act will make our communities safer and our economy stronger.

SB 31 was negotiated from 40 pages down to 2 pages, see the actual language SB 31 (and amended by HA#3) HERE​​. These changes and amendment have led to some confusion about what SB 31, as approved, does and does not do.

SB 31 was negotiated with law enforcement and immigrant advocates, with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police in support, and the Illinois Sheriffs Association neutral and prominent law enforcement officials, such as sheriffs Tom Dart (D-Cook County) and Mark Curran (R-Lake County) actively in support.

What IS in TRUST ACT SB 31-HA#3 See the actual language HERE

    1) State and local police would not arrest or hold a person based solely on immigration status.
    2) State and local police honor ICE detainers sanctioned by a judge.
    3) State and local police are allowed to communicate with federal agents​, and fully compliant with federal statutory requirements.

What is NOT in TRUST ACT SB 31-HA #3 See the actual language HERE

    1) SB 31 does NOT create “safe” zones such as hospitals and schools
    2) SB 31 does NOT create “sanctuary” state or municipalities
    3) SB 31 does NOT prohibit law enforcement communications with federal agents

WHY TRUST ACT SB 31 is a Good Step Forward for Illinois

    1) ​The core duty of local police is community safety​,​ not federal immigration enforcement. Immigrants are more likely to report crimes and ​come forward as​ witnesses to crimes when they are not afraid. Trust Act SB 31 promotes trust between immigrants and local police which strengthens community safety for all Illinois residents.

    2) Reduce unnecessary disruption to the workforce - our economy depends on immigrants as workers, business owners and entrepreneurs. Efforts to repair our broken immigration system have been stalled in Congress for well over a decade, with no resolution in sight. That’s the reality that makes the Trust Act a smart move for Illinois.

WHO SUPPORTS TRUST ACT SB 31

LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORTS SB 31 CLICK HERE

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
    Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran
    Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
    Melrose Park Chief of Police Sam C Pitassi
    Stone Park Chief of Police Christopher P. Pavini
    Franklin Park Chief of Police Michael Witz
    Chicago Heights Chief of Police Tom Rogers
    Elgin Chief of Police Jeffrey Swoboda
    Berwyn Chief of Police Michael D. Cimaglia
    Elmwood Park Chief of Police Frank Fagiano
    Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington

174 BUSINESS LEADERS SUPPORT SB 31 CLICK HERE

179 FAITH LEADERS SUPPORT SB 31 - CLICK HERE

* But this was a bit odd today…


*** UPDATE ***   From the Welcoming Illinois Campaign…

Hey Rich, we thought you’d also like to have the list of over 80 organizations that make up the Welcoming Illinois Campaign, which actually wrote SB31, negotiated with law enforcement and legislators, and successfully passed it this spring by working closely with Senate President Cullerton, Rep. Chris Welch, and Rep. Lisa Hernandez. This began and will end as a community driven victory.

Here’s the list:

    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

- Posted by Rich Miller        

18 Comments
  1. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 3:44 pm:

    Rauner Policy Meetin’: “Heads we sign it, tails we veto it”.


  2. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 3:45 pm:

    Lol, given all of the recent turnover in the Governor’s office, IBIC can only communicate with the Governor via press release.


  3. - walker - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 3:53 pm:

    In other words, to all you quick reactors, this isn’t the “sanctuary” bill that Sessions, Fox and others describe.


  4. - Michael Westen - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 3:53 pm:

    So…you got two Democratic sheriffs to give you cover (I know Curran switched parties for convenience sake). Let’s see how the Republican Sheriffs in the rest of northern Illinois view this, or any of the Sheriffs in Southern Illinois. Strange that none of them are on this, right?


  5. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 3:56 pm:

    ===I know Curran switched parties for convenience sake===

    You know that, eh? Hmm. Have you ever met the man or listened to him talk?


  6. - PJ - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 4:00 pm:

    ===Strange that none of them are on this, right?===

    No, not really. Media on the right is trying to make it sound a lot scarier to the anti-immigration Trump types than it really is. So I can’t say I’m shocked that downstate law enforcement would rather lay low than have the crazies beating down their doors (see: the threats Rauner has received for merely thinking about signing it).


  7. - wordslinger - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 4:02 pm:

    The law enforcement agencies listed (save Evanston) are in communities with large Hispanic populations.

    There’s one highly conspicuous by its absence.
    Does Emanuel, CPD have a beef with the bill?

    Was there any effort to line up other suburban or Downstate law enforcement support? Aurora, Rockford, Ogle County, Rock Island County come to mind.


  8. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 4:16 pm:

    Rauner’s best play here is to let it become law without his signature. His right flank has already gone ballistic over this, and he isn’t likely to get much credit on the left since this highly symbolic gesture of a bill doesn’t repair the damage he did by turning away refugees.

    If he doesn’t do anything, it becomes law and he can blame the staff “transition” if anyone on the right gets mad at him.


  9. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 5:05 pm:

    So if you are illegal, come to Illinois and do not get in trouble with the law, and you can stay and cost legal citizens of the state big bucks in state services.


  10. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 5:14 pm:

    And butcher hogs, harvest fruit, clean up bathrooms, bus tables, wash dishes and mow lawns.

    Or clean up human waste, put dressings on bed sores in nursing homes in small towns, collect scrap iron from suburbs that don’t have recycling.

    They come for the crappy jobs and stay because of the sweet, sweet benefits they can’t qualify for. Did I mention they also pay taxes?


  11. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 5:30 pm:

    Don’t see any rank and file police officers or their unions supporting this. They deal with the crime on a daily basis.


  12. - Huh - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 5:35 pm:

    ==- Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 5:30 pm:

    Don’t see any rank and file police officers or their unions supporting this. They deal with the crime on a daily basis. ==

    The Illinois FOP opposed the bill in the Senate, then they were neutral on the new version. What came out of the House was significantly different from the Senate’s version.


  13. - Veil of Ignorance - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 5:37 pm:

    I think folks are misreading the bill if they think it’s just symbolic. This bill prevents a very harmful practice that occurs around the country and has proven to undermine immigrants’ willingness to interact with law enforcement. Nothing symbolic about that.


  14. - wordslinger - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 5:54 pm:

    –So if you are illegal, come to Illinois and do not get in trouble with the law, and you can stay and cost legal citizens of the state big bucks in state services. –

    Is that the deal?

    Try this: If all undocumented immigrants left tomorrow, the United States economy would collapse.

    Would that make you feel better?


  15. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 6:21 pm:

    ==So…you got two Democratic sheriffs to give you cover (I know Curran switched parties for convenience sake). Let’s see how the Republican Sheriffs in the rest of northern Illinois view this, or any of the Sheriffs in Southern Illinois. Strange that none of them are on this, right?==

    The FOP, Illinois Sheriff’s Association, and Illinois State Police were all strongly opposed to the original version. They were all heavily involved in negotiating the bill down to its final version, and they all lifted their opposition when the final version was filed. Law enforcement does not oppose this bill.


  16. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 6:24 pm:

    Has Dan Proft seen this post? He seemed a bit confused today about what the bill actually said.


  17. - Michael Westen - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 6:30 pm:

    “You know that, eh? Hmm. Have you ever met the man or listened to him talk?”

    Um, yes. I know him well. Not only have I talked to him, I’ve interviewed him. Nice try.


  18. - IBIC - Thursday, Aug 24, 17 @ 9:51 pm:

    IBIC happily acknowledges the hard work of the Welcoming Illinois group for the Trust Act, and that Welcoming Illinois negotiated the provisions in this bill.


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