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Republicans file TRUST Act repeal bills while Rauner dodges questions

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017

* Illinois Review

Two Illinois Republican state reps are very concerned about the immigration law enforcement measure Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Monday.

State Reps. John Cabello (R-Rockford) and David McSweeney (R-Barrington) filed a measure Wednesday that would repeal a new law banning law enforcement in Illinois from stopping persons suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

“I swore to uphold the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions when I became a legislator,” Cabello told Illinois Review Wednesday. “As a member of law enforcement, I took a vow to uphold the law. I believe and trust in those oaths, and intend to do all I can to keep them.” […]

Only one Republican House member - Bob Pritchard - voted in support of SB 31 on the House floor. Five Republicans - Althoff, McConchie, McConnaughay, Nybo and Radogno - supported it in the Illinois Senate.

Cabello and McSweeney’s repeal bill is HB 4091.

UPDATE 8.31. 2017 - Republican State Senator Kyle McCarter and former sheriff Senator Tim Bivins reportedly have filed an identical bill in the Senate. More to come…

Those aren’t going anywhere, of course, but filing legislation does make them look good to their constituencies.

* Gov. Rauner was asked about GOP legislator criticism about the TRUST Act yesterday, but he refused to answer because, Rauner said, it was an “off-topic” question and he was only taking questions about the school funding bill

Less than a minute later, however, the governor answered a different off-topic question.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:11 pm:

    This isn’t going away.
    Folks around here are pretty angry. Rauner took the last group of his hold-outs, and flushed their support right down the terlit.

  2. - Chris P. Bacon - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:15 pm:

    Guy always reminds me of that General in an old M*A*S*H episode. Believe it was the one about trying to get an incubator for the unit.

    “The last thing I want to do at this press conference is answer a lot of questions!”

  3. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:18 pm:

    If Cabello thinks this law in any way runs afoul of the State or US Constitution, I dare say he needs a refresher course in Civics. Based on Federal case law, the opposite is true: law enforcement risks violating the Constitution if they *don’t* comply with this Act.

  4. - Swift - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:21 pm:

    Looks like Cabello and McSweeney are angling for a Fox News interview.

  5. - Steve - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:32 pm:

    The Illinois law will stand , because Illinois wants to welcome illegals. Anyway, it would be too bad if Trump moves some federal jobs out of downtown Chicago…

  6. - Demoralized - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:36 pm:

    For pete’s sake this changes very little. Law enforcement isn’t going out and seeking out illegal immigrants right now for no other reason than they are illegal immigrants. Besides, judges have been pretty clear you can’t stop someone simply to determine if they are illegal.

    As for Rep. Cabello, this is the law now. So you are still upholding the law. Does he believe law enforcement officers should get to decide what laws they do and do not uphold?

    The anti-immigrant crowd can get themselves all in a frenzy over this bill but it’s a very innocuous bill.

  7. - wordslinger - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:39 pm:

    I didn’t know any issues of public policy were “off topic” for any governor.

    As for. Rep. Cabello, what other federal civil offenses does he feel qualified and compelled to enforce as a local police officer?

    Is he chasing down delinquent taxpayers? Poring over the books at hospitals for Medicare overbilling?

    Or does he pick and choose how he upholds his sworn oath?

  8. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:44 pm:

    “You may direct all off-topic questions to this email address,”. We will get those answered for you in a timely manner.

  9. - Steve - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:46 pm:

    It’s not about being anti-immigrant: it’s about being anti- illegal immigrant. Does anyone believe it’s alright for 4 million white South Africans to show up to Chicago off a tourist visa and “overstay” ??

  10. - Retired Educator - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:50 pm:

    Pandering at its very worst. McSweeney is notorious for this type of headline grabbing. He constantly make these types of outrageous assertions. Trying to endear himself to the uninformed. Last message I got, he wanted to file a bill to repeal the budget. How is that working out for you?

  11. - Nick Name - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:51 pm:

    “As a member of law enforcement, I took a vow to uphold the law.”

    Yeah, and the TRUST Act is now law. Not seeing the problem.

  12. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:53 pm:

    Steve, generally I am fine with it. Do South Africans bring with them a patron saint that we can get a state holiday for? Or one that gives us an excsuse to get up at 6:30am, put on green, and start drinking right away?

  13. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 1:59 pm:

    360, you are hot today guy.

  14. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 2:06 pm:

    Gracias anonymous, perhaps I should put some of that energy into working :)

  15. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 2:07 pm:

    ==Does anyone believe it’s alright for 4 million white South Africans to show up to Chicago off a tourist visa and “overstay” ??==

    Overstaying a visa is not a Federal crime, it’s a civil violation. So if anyone is misleading by the adjective they choose (”illegal” or “undocumented”), it’s you.

  16. - Veil of Ignorance - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 2:13 pm:

    I think we should all just recognize that Rep. Cabello jumped on the Trump train and now is obligated to follow those tracks to wherever they lead…

  17. - walker - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    Cabello apparently doesn’t know what the word “Constitutional” means.

    McSweeney is too smart to make such a public statement blunder. He’s against it for policy and political reasons.

  18. - Glengarry - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 3:25 pm:

    Steve, have you been watching Fox News again?

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