Over 300 Community and Faith Leaders Commit to Drive Final Push to Make TRUST Act the Law of Illinois in High-Energy Rally

July 12, 2017
Sophie Vodvarka
Communications Coordinator
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Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois members to engage over 8,000 residents in final seven weeks before deadline for Governor Rauner to take action on the TRUST Act

(CHICAGO, IL - July 12, 2017Last night over 300 members of the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois gathered at Instituto del Progreso Latino for an evening of learning, engagement, and activation in a high-energy push to make the Illinois TRUST Act law. As immigrant communities face heightened threats from the federal government, the night was an outlet for members of the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois to celebrate, re-charge and renew community support for welcoming policies.

“Today, diverse immigrant communities are urging Governor Rauner to make Illinois a national model for common-sense and state-level immigration policy by signing the TRUST Act into law,” said Norma Rios Sierra, immigration representative on the Board of Directors at Logan Square Neighborhood Association, who co-chaired the event. “This evening is primarily a celebration for members of the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois, who have worked tirelessly to pass the TRUST Act with bipartisan support through the General Assembly this spring.”

The rally was part celebration, part education, part campaign style kick off. Over 20 organizations committed to contact 8,050 residents in the next seven weeks through postcards, phone banks, and other activities to urge the Governor to sign the bill. Participants also committed to redouble their efforts to advance legislation which would create a state ban on any kind of discriminatory registry, and increase access to visas to domestic violence survivors and other crime victims.

Diverse youth and adult community leaders from West Suburban Action Project (PASO), United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, Hana Center, Instituto del Progreso Latino, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Asian Americans Advancing Justice and others spoke at the event, sharing why the TRUST Act is important to their families and communities, and their commitment to fight for it.

“I am here because I want to mirror the bravery my parents have shown throughout their lives. And I believe that my parents, and ALL immigrants in Illinois deserve to live without fear. We can come closer to that safety by making sure the TRUST Act becomes law,” said Paula Camaya, a community leader at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago. “Now, more than ever we need the protections of the TRUST Act, because under President Trump, every single undocumented person is considered deportable. This bill would help protect people like me, and my family.”

Governor Rauner has until midnight on August 28th to sign or veto the TRUST Act or let it go into effect without his signature. The Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois will continue urging him to sign this important act through upcoming events, including a children’s march and a postcard delivery to the Governor.  

ICIRR member organizations in attendance also included: Mano a Mano Family Resource Program, Latino Policy Forum, Arab American Family Services, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, FEDECMI Casa Michoacan, South Suburban Immigrant Project, Enlace Chicago, Chicago Irish Immigrant Support, United African Organization, Access Living, Communities United, Southwest Organizing Project, National Immigrant Justice Center, and individual ICIRR volunteers.