• aquino 021717Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) issued the following statement in response to the ruling by a federal judge giving the Department of Homeland Security 90 days to provide the legal rationale behind the administration’s decision to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

    “I celebrate the decision of Judge Bates that rejects the elimination of DACA by the Trump administration. In 90 days, the government may restart taking new applications. In a country where all residents are equal before the law, there is no place for President Trump’s discrimination and reckless impulses."

    El Senador Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) dio a conocer la siguiente declaración sobre las novedades acerca del programa DACA:

    “Celebro la decisión de un juez federal que rechaza la eliminación de DACA por decisión de la administración Trump. En 90 días el Gobierno podría comenzar a recibir solicitudes nuevas. En un país donde la ley iguala a todos los residentes no hay lugar para los caprichos y discriminación del presidente Trump."


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  • Castro DACA 080617SPRINGFIELD – Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) is fighting back against President Donald Trump’s efforts to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

    Castro sponsored Senate Resolution 864, which calls upon the Trump administration and U.S. Congress to preserve protections for undocumented young people formerly eligible for the DACA program.

    “Illinois has the third largest number of DACA recipients in the United States,” Castro said. “Trump is trying to make young people, who have lived much of their lives in this country, leave a place that has become their home. We cannot allow Trump to hurt Illinois’ residents and hinder our economy.”

    In September, Trump announced plans to repeal DACA, an Obama initiative put into place to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. The program allows them to remain and work in the country if they meet certain criteria.

    Senate Resolution 864 was adopted by the Senate on Wednesday.

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  • Castro DACA 080617This week, Senate Democrats expressed disappointment and outrage at the Trump administration’s backward decision to rescind legal and immigration protection for children who were brought to this country and are now productive parts of our economy and society.

    Senator Cristina Castro spoke at a press conference with other state and local elected officials business leaders, and two Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in support of Dreamers and a legislative solution to the Trump administration's announcement he would end the program.

  • martinez 010817SPRINGFIELD — An initiative that would allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, known as dreamers, to become a licensed pharmacist is being sponsored by Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago).

    Today, Martinez passed the legislation out of the Senate’s Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee.

    “Given the investment we have made in our dreamers, it is only natural to open the gates of opportunity for employment in a career in heavy demand in Illinois,” Martinez said. “These kids have a proven record of academic and personal achievement and are eager to serve their communities. They should be allowed to pursue a career that benefits the health of the public.” 

    Senate Bill 308 is an initiative of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational fund (MALDEF).

    No other profession regulated by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation requires proof of immigration status to obtain licensure. Martinez’s legislation simply brings pharmacy in line with requirements for other professions.

    Former President Barack Obama’s executive order created DACA. Under DACA, people brought into the country unauthorized as children are allowed to stay in the country to work and attend college.