TRUST ACT to become law in Illinois

TRUST ACT  to become  law in  Illinois

Trust Act

I commend Gov. Rauner for committing to sign the TRUST Act (SB-31) a bill that I proudly co-sponsored and voted for in the IL House of Representatives. The TRUST Act creates a bright line between local police and federal immigration agents and under this bill, local police cannot comply with immigration detainers and warrants if they are not issued by a judge.

This is important because it sends a message to Illinois’ immigrant residents that are seeking police assistance will not result in their deportation.  Our Police officers cannot stop, search, or arrest anyone based on the individual’s immigration or citizenship status while focusing on building stronger ties between law enforcement and our communities.

From the bill;

  • Replaces everything after the enacting clause.
  • Creates the Illinois Trust Act.
  • Provides that a law enforcement agency or official shall not detain or continue to detain any individual solely on the basis of any immigration detainer or administrative warrant, or otherwise comply with an immigration detainer or administrative warrant after that individual becomes eligible for release from custody.
  • Provides that a law enforcement agency or official shall not (1) give any immigration agent access to any individual; (2) transfer any person into an immigration agent’s custody; (3) permit immigration agents use of agency facilities or equipment, including any agency electronic databases not available to the public, for investigative interviews or other investigative purpose in executing an immigration enforcement operation; or (4) respond to immigration agent inquiries regarding any individual’s incarceration status, release date, or contact information except insofar as the agency makes that information available to the public.
  • Provides that absent a judicial warrant or probable cause of criminal activity, a government official shall not make arrests in the following State-funded facilities or their adjacent grounds: State-funded schools, including licensed day care centers, pre-schools, and other early learning programs; elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education; State-funded medical treatment and health care facilities, including hospitals, health clinics, emergency or urgent care facilities, nursing homes, group homes for persons with developmental disabilities, community-integrated living arrangements, and State mental health facilities; facilities operated by the Office of the Secretary of State; and circuit courts, State appellate courts, or the Supreme Court.
  • Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Requires the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board to conduct or approve a training program on federal U and T nonimmigrant visas and other federal immigration remedies for immigrant victims of qualifying criminal activity. Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963.
  • Provides that a person subject to an immigration detainer or administrative warrant shall not be denied bail solely on the basis of an immigration detainer or administrative warrant. Makes changes in the Illinois Public Notary Act and the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act concerning civil actions. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

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