Chicago, Illinois – Today Governor Rauner notified the media that he will sign SB 31 Illinois Trust Act into law on Monday August 28, 2017.
Illinois Business Immigration Coalition applauds public reports that Governor Bruce Rauner will approve SB 31 “TRUST ACT” to strengthen trust between police and immigrant community while growing the Illinois economy. IBIC applauds Illinois General Assembly, in particular, chief sponsors Senate President John Cullerton and Representative Chris Welch, GOP leaders former Senator Christine Radogno and Representative Bob Pritchard for championing this sensible, bipartisan public safety legislation.
“Finding common ground in our current climate is not easy. Governor Rauner and the General Assembly deserve credit for reaching a sensible, smart solution to stabilize the workforce, prevent unnecessary disruption to businesses, and reduce fear” said JOHN ROWE, Exelon Chairman Emeritus and IBIC co-chairman, “Time for Congress and the White House to follow Illinois’s lead and pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
“My office spent years developing relationships of trust with our immigrant communities,” said LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF MARK CURRAN, “Trust Act ensures everyone in my community, no matter where they were born, to feel comfortable calling on first responders in an emergency, including when they are a victim or witness of crime.”
“At a time when the violence in Chicago continues at alarming and unacceptable rates, local police need to be focused on crime and violence reduction,” said COOK COUNTY SHERIFF TOM DART, “To do that effectively requires community cooperation and support, both of which diminish quickly if there is fear that reporting a crime or turning in an offender will lead to detention by immigration authorities. Signing the Illinois TRUST Act (SB31) into law will ensure everyone understands the role of local law enforcement in Illinois – to protect and serve, not to scare and harass.”
“As an immigrant entrepreneur who has created over 1,000 American jobs over the last 20 years, today, I am so proud to call Illinois home,” said SERGIO SUAREZ President and Co-Founder of NAIMA “The Trust Act will enable entrepreneurs like myself and my family to continue to live in Illinois, to innovate in Illinois and to create American jobs in Illinois. Thank you Governor Rauner, my Representative Chris Welch and Senate President Cullerton for this powerful statement of who we are as a state and nation.”
“TRUST Act recognizes the work ethic, talent and entrepreneurship of our immigrant employees while advancing the rule of law”, said SAM SCOTT, Corn Products International retired CEO and IBIC-Cochair “Thanks Governor Rauner and General Assembly for making Illinois a leader in welcoming immigrants hungry to work, create jobs and innovate.”
“Like generations of Irish, Italian, and Polish immigrants before them, today’s predominantly Hispanic and Asian immigrants are here to work and build a better future for their children,” said RAUL RAYMUNDO, The Resurrection Project CEO and IBIC Co-chair, “TRUST Act ensures that immigrants can continue to work, pay taxes, create jobs and collaborate with police, achieving the American Dream not just for themselves but for all.”
“Trust Act is economically important, politically smart, morally right and will make us safer,” said REBECCA SHI, IBIC executive director, “IBIC calls on Congress and the White House to follow Illinois’s lead to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
A broad coalition supported the Trust Act including law enforcement, Illinois employers, faith leaders, and many Latino and immigrant entrepreneurs and leaders.
IBIC would like to emphasize the merits of TRUST ACT, SB31 sensible, pro-business, pro immigrant, public safety bill.
- SB 31 passed the Illinois General Assembly with bipartisan support. SB 31 is supported by business, law enforcement, faith and immigrant leaders.
- SB 31 was negotiated with the Illinois State Police, Illinois Sheriff and Chiefs of Police.
- SB 31 brings immigration enforcement under the rule of law by honoring judicial warrants and prohibiting arrests of people based on their immigration status alone, which is consistent with Illinois State Police’s policy.
- SB 31 strengthens our collective safety by improving cooperation between police and the immigrant community
- SB 31 strengthens the Illinois economy by reducing unnecessary disruption to Illinois’s high and low skilled industries that depend on the talent, work ethic and entrepreneurship of their immigrant workforce.
- SB 31 enables immigrant communities to feel comfortable calling on first responders in an emergency to report crime, as a victim or witness to crime thus strengthening our collective safety.
- SB 31 is compliant with federal statutes by explicitly allowing communications between local police and federal immigration agents.