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Senate’s “Trust Act” wins final approval

jjc 053117trustNow question becomes: Can immigrant communities trust Gov. Rauner?

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation designed to combat a surge in anti-immigrant rhetoric since Donald Trump became president cleared the Illinois Senate on Wednesday and next heads to the governor’s desk to become law.

“Police in Illinois have enough responsibilities without also trying to serve as immigration officers. If there’s a warrant and legitimate criminal activity, by all means, we want the police involved. What we don’t want is people targeted because of their appearance or culture,” said Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton, who sponsored what’s known as the “Trust Act.”

“We want to send a message that immigrant communities can trust law enforcement. That trust is vital to solving real crimes in our communities,” Cullerton said. “The politics of fear and intimidation have no place in Illinois.”

Cullerton’s proposal, SB 31, won bipartisan support in the Senate, passing 37-17.


The legislation, SB 31, is designed to foster trust between police and immigrant communities and refocus law enforcement resources on fighting priority crimes. Under the Trust Act …

  • Law enforcement agencies may not stop, arrest, search, or detain a person solely on the basis of an immigration detainer, non-judicial warrant, or immigration status.
  • If a federal immigration agent presents a valid criminal warrant to the state law enforcement agency, none of the above prohibitions apply.

In addition, the Illinois Senate sent companion legislation to the House to ensure that immigrants who are the victims of crimes are assisted in obtaining special visas in exchange for assisting law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting crimes. That legislation is SB 32.