Thursday, March 16, 2017 09:53 AM
SPRINGFIELD — 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.
Senator Iris Y. Martinez
Majority Caucus Chair
Years served: 2003 - Present
Committee assignments: Education; Energy; Gaming; Labor; Licensed Activities and Pensions (Chairperson); Transportation.
Biography: Born Feb. 25, 1956, in Chicago; earned her bachelor's degree in public policy and administration from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009; elected president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She is also the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Co-Chair; has one daughter.