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A Victory for Public Safety and for Immigrants as GOP Governor Bruce Rauner Signs the Illinois Trust Act Into Law

In a victory for both public safety and for immigrants, Illinois’ Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Trust Act into law today. The legislation will ensure that law enforcement throughout Illinois focus on protecting public safety instead of targeting immigrants for deportation. It encourages immigrants to come forward to report crimes and serve as witnesses … Continue reading »

DACA Works – Why Protections and Opportunities for Dreamers are Good for Illinois and America

Springfield, IL – The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unqualified success, providing new opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in America, including more than 42,000 in Illinois. Each DACA recipient has come forward, passed a background check and been granted permission to live and work legally in America. As a … Continue reading »

Illinois TRUST Act Offers National Model for Pro-Immigrant and Pro-Public Safety Policy In Face of Trump and Texas

In recent months, we have been decrying the costs and consequences of the mass deportation agenda of the Trump Administration. The worst expression of this strategy at the state level is the recently-enacted SB4 in Texas, a law the encourages racial profiling and threatens local law enforcement with jail time in order to maximize deportations. … Continue reading »

Illinois Latino Voters Back Clinton Over Trump By 86-10% Margin; IL Asian Americans Support Clinton By 84-12%

Below are key candidate questions for the Illinois Latino and Asian American election eve polls, conducted by Latino Decisions and Asian American Decisions. Full toplines and crosstabs available HERE for the Latino poll; Asian American poll findings will be posted online HERE starting tomorrow.  In Illinois, Latino voters back Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a 86-10% margin. Nationwide, Latino voters support … Continue reading »

Mark Kirk Said He Can’t Vote For Donald Trump. So Why Is He Sounding Just Like Him?

Sen. Mark Kirk said in a statement last June that he could not support his party’s nominee for President, Donald Trump: “After much consideration, I have concluded that Donald Trump has not demonstrated the temperament necessary to assume the greatest office in the world.” So if Sen. Kirk isn’t voting for Trump, why is he sounding … Continue reading »

This Tax Day, A Reminder that Implementing Immigration Executive Action Policies Would Be Good for Illinois

Unfortunately, Out of State Lawsuit Keeping IL From Reaping the Benefits This year, the deadline for filing federal income taxes arrives on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the U.S. v Texas immigration case. Tax Day is a reminder that for the good of our tax base, our overall economy, … Continue reading »

Sen. Mark Kirk Should Listen to Sen. Mark Kirk on DHS Funding Debacle

New Offensive Comments At Odds with IL Voters, Sen. Durbin, Ex-DHS Secretaries, and Even Sen. Kirk Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and fellow Senate Republicans are facing widespread backlash and criticism in conservative, Beltway, and Spanish-language media outlets for their failures to advance legislation to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Republicans continue to … Continue reading »

ICIRR Collects Funds for Obama Presidential Library's "Deporter-in-Chief" Wing

Zing! The location of Obama’s presidential library has not yet been decided, but the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is already soliciting donations for it — specifically for a section of the future library they are proposing to call the “Deporter-in-Chief” wing. ICIRR’s action yesterday follows years of record deportations from President Obama, as well … Continue reading »

Lynn Sweet: Obama's Delay Could Hurt Democrats in Illinois

The consensus is that President Obama has delayed taking executive action on immigration because of political concerns — namely, to protect Senate Democrats facing tough reelection campaigns this fall.  But Latino voters are a kingmaking demographic, and 2014 is no exception.  A Latino Decisions poll found that without executive action, 57% of Latino voters will be … Continue reading »

On Immigration Reform, Prominent Republicans Speak Up

But Will House Republicans Step Up? As House Republicans continue to block immigration reform in Congress, several prominent Republican leaders are speaking up about the policy and political imperative for immigration reform, and are stepping up their criticism of House Republican obstruction: Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA): Former Rep. Davis, a past head of the National … Continue reading »