Thanks to strong advocacy from individuals, organizations and elected officials across the state, Governor Rauner confirmed that he would sign the Illinois TRUST Act on Monday, August 28.
This law provides clear guidelines for local police interaction with federal immigration enforcement agencies in a manner that preserves the Constitutional rights of local residents and positions local law enforcement to maintain strong ties with the communities that they serve. Specifically, the TRUST Act: (1) requires that actionable detainers and warrants be issued by a judge, (2) protects residents from being stopped, searched or arrested based on their immigration or citizenship status, and (3) preserves the ability of local law enforcement to cooperate and communicate with ICE.
The Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic appreciates that the state of Illinois has taken a stand to remain a safe and welcoming community for everyone. We are proud of our already strong partnerships with the Highland Park and Highwood Police Department, and value their support for all members of our community. Our communities are safer when immigrants know they can trust their local police officers.
Director of Immigration Law Practice for the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic
Susan B. Shulman
Executive Director of the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic
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