Illinois state senators push immigrant protection bill

Senators push to protect immigrants from deportation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Police in Illinois may soon have to follow new rules if they encounter an illegal immigrant in the state.

Democrats in Springfield say they're concerned about a decline in economic activity in immigrant communities.

Senate President John Cullerton is promoting a Trust Act to protect immigrants who fear deportation.

The bill would bar police from detaining immigrants without a warrant.

Senator and gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss is a co-sponsor.

"It says listen, if there's a warrant then we follow that judicial process. Just ask our local police, who are meant to be a part of keeping our streets safe and fighting crime and protecting communities, to all of a sudden become essentially taken over by ice and other immigration forces," Biss said. 

Governor Bruce Rauner's office is still reviewing the 57-page bill, but did tell us that "The governor believes in comprehensive immigration reform."

 


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