Senate Latino Caucus denounces Rauner comments on pro-immigrant legislation

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate Latino Caucus denounced statements made by Gov. Bruce Rauner today while announcing his veto of three immigration-related bills on the basis of inaccurate assertions and false generalizations that all undocumented immigrants are murderers.

Senate Latino Caucus members released the following statements:

Latino Caucus Co-Chair Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago):

“These are measures that would have given immigrants basic human rights and protected them from deportation simply for reporting crimes. As we draw closer to November, Rauner gets closer and closer to being a Donald Trump clone than an independently-minded leader.”

Assistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago):

“The governor’s comments today are misguided. I find it offensive that he would attempt to hurt members of our community to join in with President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. He has completely ignored the intent of these pieces of legislation while failing to lead our diverse state once again.”

Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago):

“The governor is trying to score political points during a week when anti-immigrant rhetoric is high. It’s a shame that he cares more about appealing to certain voters than really reading this legislation and understanding that it is beneficial to the many immigrants living in our state.”

Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago):

“Gov. Rauner chose to side with the racist rhetoric that is spewed from the White House instead of focusing on the people he represents. He was wrong for using such a tragic incident to benefit himself and hurting our community by completely undermining legislation that helps everyone.”

Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin):

“This once again proves the governor is no friend of Illinois’ diverse immigrant communities. Gov. Rauner continues to flock to President Trump’s hostile right-wing agenda instead of embracing the contributions diversity brings to our state and society. Illinois needs a leader, not a Trump follower.”

PHOTO: Left to right: Aquino, Martinez, Sandoval, Castro, Munoz.