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AAFS welcomes signing of SB 3488, disappointed by vetoes of immigration bills

AAFS welcomes signing of SB 3488, disappointed by vetoes of immigration bills

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) is pleased to share that SB 3488, the Anti-Registry Program Act, has been signed into Illinois law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

The Anti-Registry Program Act ensures that the state of Illinois will not participate in a registry program or provide any personal demographic information to any government authority that is requesting it for the purpose of creating a registry program and/or requiring registration of people in the program. President Trump proposed the idea of Muslims being required to register with the government as a candidate in 2016.

>> Read more about The Anti-Registry Program Act (SB 3488)

For more than one year, AAFS and the Campaign for A Welcoming Illinois, have urged state legislators to support SB 3488 and other bills protecting immigrant communities.

“We are pleased with Governor Rauner’s decision to sign SB 3488, but are extremely disappointed with the Governor’s decision to veto SB 34 and SB 35. We will not allow this to divide us and we will be back to override the vetoes during veto session. At a time when immigrant rights are being attacked by White House policies, Governor Rauner’s vetoes are miscalculated and harmful.” said Itedal Shalabi, Executive Director and co-founder of AAFS. “Our goal here is to keep Illinois a welcoming state for all people.”

SB 34, the Voices of Immigrant Communities Empowering Survivors (VOICES) Act, would standardize the certification process across jurisdictions and ensure that immigrant survivors receive certifications in a timely fashion, ensuring that they are empowered and on a path to self-sufficiency. The Voices Act ensures that immigrant survivors will have equal access to the U visa throughout the state of Illinois.

The bill’s sponsor, Senate President John Cullerton, said in a statement, “This is a slap in the face to crime victims who happen to be immigrants … The whole idea was to foster trust between police and immigrant communities.”

>> Read more about the VOICES Act (SB 34)

SB 35, the Immigration Safe Zones bill, creates a safe sanctuary for immigrants in Illinois. It provides that schools, health care facilities and places of worship may bar access by law enforcement agents seeking to detain or arrest individuals for violation of federal immigration law without a warrant. It also prohibits employees of public schools and institutions of higher education from asking about the immigration status of the student or their family.

>> Read more about the Immigration Safe Zones Act (SB 35)

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