Mary Kubusak, President
Jean Pierce and Hilary Denk, Co-Chairs Issues Committee
Kim Reed, Immigration Issues Specialist
RE: SUPPORT SB 31 (J. Cullerton) The Trust Act -- (Limits Police Interaction with ICE and Fosters Trust Between Local Police and Immigrant Communities)
Please contact your state Senator and ask him or her to VOTE YES
on SB 31 The Illinois Trust Act.
The Illinois TRUST Act sets reasonable, constitutional limits on local police interaction with ICE enforcement, and fosters trust between local police and immigrant communities.
The General Assembly is not in session until April 25th, but it is important that legislators be contacted in their district offices during their two-week break.
WHY IT MATTERS:
This bill sets a definitive line between local police and federal immigration agents and will protect immigrants and communities by letting them know that seeking police assistance will not result in deportation. SB 31 will help build trust between communities and local police.
- No deputizing of local police to serve as immigration agents: Bars law enforcement agencies in Illinois from engaging in immigration enforcement unless the federal immigration agents present a warrant issued by a judge.
- Law enforcement certifications for immigrant crime victims: Creates deadlines and standards for law enforcement agencies to complete certifications requested by immigrant victims of certain crimes who cooperate with law enforcement. Certifications are one of the many requirements for immigrant crime victims to apply for certain visas.
- No discriminatory registry programs: Bars local participation in federal registry programs based on national origin or religion, such as a potential Muslim registry.
- SB 31 also includes the Immigration Safe Zones Act (HB 426), which bars federal immigration agents from entering state-funded schools or health institutions unless presenting a court-issued warrant.
Nothing in this bill stops local police from working with ICE if ICE goes to court to get a warrant.