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Martinez: Rauner should stand up for his constituents by opposing Trump’s plans on immigration

martinez sos 012517SPRINGFIELD — Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address in which he did not address President Trump’s immigration plans:

“It’s unfortunate that Governor Rauner did not use his State of the State address to stand up for the residents of our state who will be hurt by the president’s action on immigration. "The governor did talk about bipartisanship, but if he truly wants bipartisanship then he should get behind the plan being worked on by the Senate that would get Illinois a budget that funds higher education and programs for seniors, the addicted and other vulnerable populations.

"I want to voice my strong opposition to President Donald Trump’s positions on building a wall at our southern border and on sanctuary cities. This great nation was founded by immigrants. A fair, humane treatment to newcomers to our nation is at the core of what it means to be an American. Mr. Trump’s actions go against who we are and what we believe in. We should build better mechanisms of understanding with our allies, friends and neighbors, not walls.

Concerning the president’s position on destroying sanctuary cities, he needs to understand his position on this issue will increase the uncertainty and fear many resident of Illinois feel. The president is not ‘making America great again,’ he is making Americans and immigrants feel fearful and unwelcome.

If the governor would stand up for his constituents instead of remaining silent about Trump’s immigration plans, the people of Illinois would be better off.”