Community Groups Encouraged by Rauner’s Comments on Illinois TRUST Act

August 18, 2017
Sophie Vodvarka
Communications Coordinator
svodvarka@icirr.org
(773) 294-4909

Appearing on WBEZ’s Morning Shift program this morning, Governor Bruce Rauner spoke enthusiastically about  the Illinois TRUST Act, noting the broad support behind the bill among immigrant communities, business, law enforcement, and other allies.  He called the bill “very reasonable” and said that an announcement regarding the bill would come shortly.

“We are encouraged by Governor Rauner’s positive comments this morning regarding the Illinois TRUST Act,” said Andrew Kang, legal director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago. “This moves Illinois one step closer to common-sense, Constitutional, state-level public safety policy.”

Under the TRUST Act, local police cannot comply with federal immigration detainers and warrants not issued by a judge. Local police also cannot stop, search, or arrest anyone based on that person’s immigration or citizenship status.

“Over 85 community organizations across the state want the TRUST Act to become law,” said Lawrence Benito, chief executive officer of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. “We will continue to join faith communities, business owners, and law enforcement leaders in supporting immigrant families and public safety until TRUST is signed.” 

“Governor Rauner has the opportunity to join a broad coalition of communities, law enforcement, and elected officials to support bipartisan common-sense public policy,” said Mark Fleming, associate director of litigation at the National Immigrant Justice Center. “Upholding basic civil rights and improving trust between residents and law enforcement is more important now than ever, and essential to protecting families and communities across our state.” 

The Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois will join faith leaders and elected officials on Friday at11:30AM outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. 

More information about the TRUST Act can be found at www.TRUSTinIL.org.