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IBIC Applauds Gov. Rauner Signing TRUST Act SB31

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 28, 2017

Rebecca Shi | 312-576-8032 | rshi@illinoisbic.biz

Chicago, Illinois – Today Governor Rauner signed SB 31 Illinois Trust Act into law on Monday August 28, 2017.

Illinois Business Immigration Coalition applauds Governor BRUCE RAUNER for approving SB 31 “TRUST ACT” to strengthen trust between police and immigrant community and grow the Illinois economy. IBIC applauds Illinois General Assembly, in particular, chief sponsors Senate President JOHN CULLERTON and Representative CHRIS WELCH, GOP leaders Senator CHRISTINE RADOGNO and Representative BOB PRITCHARD for championing this sensible, bipartisan public safety legislation. IBIC congratulate the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois for their leadership on the Trust Act.

“Finding common ground in our current climate is not easy. Governor Rauner and the General Assembly deserve credit for reaching a sensible, smart solution. TRUST is important on the merits as it protects immigrants from being arrested solely because of their immigration status. It is important for our economy which depends upon these workers. And it is essential to make clear that this is a state that does not hate,” 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.”

“SB31 demonstrates to the entire state that we won’t give into fear or bullying,” said SCOTT GRAMS, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Executive Director who represents over 1,000 landscape companies in Illinois “Normally, landscape contractors keep to ourselves. When trouble comes, we look towards the ground and get to work. We decided not to sit idly by and watch hysteria descend over our state and our communities. We backed SB31 along with hundreds of other small businesses because it’s smart policy and begins to rebuild trust in our communities”

“The core duty of local police is community safety, not federal immigration enforcement,” said ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE (ILACP) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ED WOJCICKI, “Immigrants are more likely to report crimes and come forward as witnesses to crimes when they are not afraid. SB 31 promotes trust between immigrants and local police, which strengthens community safety for all Illinois residents.”

“My priority is to keep local communities safe,” said BARTONVILLE CHIEF OF POLICE BRIAN FENGEL “SB31 promotes Trust between immigrants and local police which strengthens community safety for all Illinois residents.”

“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.”

WHY TRUST ACT SB 31 IMMIGRATION BILL IS “VERY REASONABLE”

GIVEN RECENT CONFUSION OVER SB31, FOLLOWING IS A STATEMENT FROM ILLINOIS BUSINESS IMMIGRATION COALITION ON 1)WHAT IS SB31 2) WHAT IT IS NOT 3) WHY IT ADVANCES ILLINOIS

SB31 has the backing of business leaders and support from some big names in state law enforcement like Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, and the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association. Trust Act will make our communities safer and our economy stronger.

SB 31 was negotiated from 40 pages down to 2 pages. See the actual SB 31 language (and amended by HA#3). These changes and amendment have led to some confusion about what SB 31, as approved, does and does not do.

WHAT IS IN TRUST ACT SB 31-HA#3

  1. State and local police would not arrest or hold a person based solely on immigration status.
  2. State and local police honor ICE detainers sanctioned by a judge.
  3. 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

  1. SB 31 does NOT create “safe” zones such as hospitals and schools
  2. SB 31 does NOT create “sanctuary” state or municipalities
  3. SB 31 does NOT prohibit law enforcement communications with federal agents

WHY TRUST ACT SB 31 IS A GOOD STEP FORWARD FOR ILLINOIS

  1. 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.

  2. 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

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.”

Chicago Tribune Editorial: Trust Act is the right move for immigrants — and for Illinois

Chicago Sun-Times: BROWN: Sheriff supported Trump — and immigrant protection bill

Chicago Tribune: Rauner will sign immigration bill, aide says

Chicago Tribune: Business pushes Rauner to sign bill to protect immigrants

Chicago Tribune / Hoy: Diverse group of religious leaders implore Rauner to sign Trust Act

SB 31, Illinois Trust Act is economically important, politically smart, morally right and will make us safer. SB 31 is supported by Illinois’s business, law enforcement, faith and immigrant leaders. SB 31 is a smart, sensible policy for our state.

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