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Martinez: Trust Act offers necessary protection for immigrants

martinez 050417SPRINGFIELD — Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement in response to the Illinois Senate passing the Trust Act:

“There has been real fear and concern in the immigrant community following the election of President Trump. People shouldn’t have to go about their daily lives in fear because of their appearance or the color of their skin. This legislation ensures that parents can drop their children off at school and that people can seek medical attention without being in danger of deportation. I am pleased that Illinois has taken a step to prevent federal overreach and to foster a vital relationship of trust between immigrants and law enforcement in our communities.”

Senate Bill 31, which creates the Illinois Trust Act:

  • Bars law enforcement agencies in Illinois from engaging in immigration enforcement without a warrant from federal immigration agents.
  • Bars local participation in federal registry programs based on national origin or religion, such as a potential Muslim registry.
  • Establishes safe zones at schools, medical facilities and properties operated by the Illinois Secretary of State, where federal immigration enforcement would not be admitted without a valid criminal warrant.
  • Establishes deadlines for police to complete certification forms that are requested by immigrant victims of violent crimes who cooperate with police. The certifications are among the requirements for immigrant crime victims to apply for certain visas.

Additionally, the legislation prohibits state and local police from searching, arresting, or detaining a person based solely on citizenship or immigration status or an administrative warrant.

The measure does not prevent state and local police from conducting valid criminal investigations or serving criminal warrants.

Senator Iris Y. Martinez

Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez

Assistant Majority Leader
20th District

Years served:
2003 - Present
 
Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Education; Energy and Public Utilities; Executive; Government Accountability/Pensions (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Gov. Operations; Pension Investments Special Com. On (Co-Chairperson); Revenue (Vice-Chairperson).

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.

Associated Representatives:
Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.
Will Guzzardi