Given recent confusion over sb31, the following is a statement from Illinois Business Immigration Coalition on 1) what is sb31; 2) what it is not; 3) why it advances Illinois
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Trust ACT SB 31 is a ” very reasonable” bill, as Governor Rauner said on Friday, August 18 on WBEZ’s morning shift program. It has the backing of business leaders and support from some big names in state law enforcement like Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran. Trust Act will make our communities safer and our economy stronger.
SB 31 was negotiated from 40 pages down to 2 pages. These changes and amendment have led to some confusion about what SB 31, as approved, does and does not do.
SB 31 was negotiated with law enforcement and immigrant advocates, with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police in support, and the Illinois Sheriffs Association neutral and prominent law enforcement officials, such as sheriffs Tom Dart (D-Cook County) and Mark Curran (R-Lake County) actively in support.
WHAT IS IN TRUST ACT SB 31-HA#3
- State and local police would not arrest or hold a person based solely on immigration status.
- State and local police honor ICE detainers sanctioned by a judge.
- State and local police are allowed to communicate with federal agents, and fully compliant with federal statutory requirements.
WHAT IS NOT IN TRUST ACT SB 31-HA #3
- SB 31 does NOT create “safe” zones such as hospitals and schools
- SB 31 does NOT create “sanctuary” state or municipalities
- SB 31 does NOT prohibit law enforcement communications with federal agents
WHY TRUST ACT SB 31 IS A GOOD STEP FORWARD FOR ILLINOIS
The core duty of local police is community safety, not federal immigration enforcement. Immigrants are more likely to report crimes and come forward as witnesses to crimes when they are not afraid. Trust Act SB 31 promotes trust between immigrants and local police which strengthens community safety for all Illinois residents.
Reduce unnecessary disruption to the workforce – our economy depends on immigrants as workers, business owners and entrepreneurs. Efforts to repair our broken immigration system have been stalled in Congress for well over a decade, with no resolution in sight. That’s the reality that makes the Trust Act a smart move for Illinois.
WHO SUPPORTS TRUST ACT SB 31
LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORTS SB 31
- Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
- Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran
- Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
- Melrose Park Chief of Police Sam C Pitassi
- Stone Park Chief of Police Christopher P. Pavini
- Franklin Park Chief of Police Michael Witz
- Chicago Heights Chief of Police Tom Rogers
- Elgin Chief of Police Jeffrey Swoboda
- Berwyn Chief of Police Michael D. Cimaglia
- Elmwood Park Chief of Police Frank Fagiano
- Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington
- Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel
174 BUSINESS LEADERS SUPPORT SB 31
179 FAITH LEADERS SUPPORT SB 31
CAMPAIGN FOR A WELCOMING ILLINOIS SUPPORTS SB 31
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart:
“Signing SB31 into law will ensure everyone understands the role of local law enforcement in Illinois – to protect and serve, not to scare and harass.”
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