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  • harmon 040119SPRINGFIELD – Local law enforcement officers will be prevented from acting as deputized immigration enforcement agents under a new law signed today.

    State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) sponsored the Keep Illinois Families Together Act in the Senate. The law will prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies and officers from entering into or remaining in an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in order to enforce federal immigration law.

    “With the toxic rhetoric surrounding immigration coming from the White House, people in my district are scared,” Harmon said. “This law takes a small step toward easing that fear by making sure they feel comfortable seeking assistance from police or reporting crimes.”

    This law builds on the Trust Act, which prohibits local law enforcement from detaining someone solely on the basis of their immigration status.

    House Bill 1637 is effective immediately.

  • munoz 032819CHICAGO –Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) commended the governor’s signing of three measures that will provide security and support for undocumented immigrants across Illinois.

    “Illinois has always been a refuge for people from all over the world,” Munoz said. “For that reason, we are proudly one of the most culturally diverse states in the country. These measures ensure that our immigrant families feel safe and will remain here at home.”

    The following legislation was signed into law today:

    • House Bill 2691, which provides access to financial aid for undocumented students and other groups of students who have limited access to aid.
    • House Bill 2040, which bars the state and local communities from entering into contracts for private immigration detention centers.
    • House Bill 1637, which bars law enforcement agreements that deputize police to act as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

                                                                   

    House Bills 2040 and 1637 are now under effect, while HB 2691 goes into effect on Jan. 1.

  • harmon 053019SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) passed legislation in the Senate today that would prevent local law enforcement officers from becoming deputized federal immigration enforcement agents.

    The Keep Illinois Families Together Act would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies and officers from entering into or remaining in an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in order to enforce federal immigration law.

    “With the toxic rhetoric surrounding immigration coming from the White House, people in my district are scared,” Harmon said. “This legislation takes a small step toward easing that fear by making sure they feel comfortable seeking assistance from police or reporting crimes.”

    This legislation builds on a law passed last year, the Trust Act, that prohibits local law enforcement from detaining someone solely on the basis of their immigration status.

    House Bill 1637 passed the House and the Senate and awaits the governor’s signature.

  • Sen. Don HarmonState Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) joined advocates at a press conference yesterday to voice his support for legislation that would prevent local law enforcement officers from taking part in immigration enforcement.

    The Keep Illinois Families Together Act would give immigrants and their families the confidence to report crimes to police officers without fear of being deported.

    “I represent people back home in my district who are scared,” Harmon said. “The toxicity coming out of Washington D.C. is horrible. We should take steps locally to tell the people we represent: ‘we’re sorry you’re scared. We’re going to try to do whatever we can to make you a little bit less scared today.’”