TRUST ACT Victory a Great First Step! Faith Communities Must Continue to Resist Criminalization

TRUST ACT Victory a Great First Step! Faith Communities Must Continue to Resist Criminalization

The TRUST Act is the strongest bill of its kind in the US. It protects the Fourth Amendment for ALL people. At a time when immigrant communities are under unprecedented attack by aggressive threats of deportation, by an agency that is out of control, by threats to end important protections such as DACA and Temporary Protected Status, the TRUST Act is a great first step, a solid foundation to start addressing the criminalization of immigrants and communities of color in our state. - Mony Ruiz-Velasco, ED of the West Suburban Action Project (PASO)

 

This week, CRLN joined our partners and conveners of the Welcoming IL Coalition in celebration of the signing of the TRUST Act by Governor Rauner. We are honored to have been a part of this campaign, a truly grassroots effort led by community members and local organizations. For months, directly-affected communities put pressure on the State of IL to take real steps to provide sanctuary protections for all.

 

This campaign was successful in demanding that local police cannot comply with immigration detainers or warrants not issued by a judge. Under the TRUST Act, local police also cannot stop, search, or arrest anyone based on their immigration or citizenship status.

 

As people of faith, we are called to uplift and honor the demands of immigrant communities and communities of color. We must continue to act in beloved solidarity to continue to resist the rhetoric and practices that dictate protections for some directly-affected communities and not all.

 

During the signing of the TRUST Act, Governor Rauner stated that he is a pro-immigration legislator. Our work as faith communities is to remind legislators that the work of being ‘pro-immigration’ also requires a critical analysis of violent ICE and law enforcement practices, both in IL and throughout the U.S. We must publicly denounce the dehumanizing conditions that are a result of the mass criminalization of immigrants and communities of color.

 

We lift up a vision of sanctuary and immigrant justice that holds government institutions accountable to the dignity and respect that immigrant communities, predominantly of color, deserve. We affirm that the lives of our immigrant brothers, sisters, and siblings are more valuable than how much money they can contribute to the economy or their criminal record.

 

Join us in continuing the fight for #Sanctuary4All in the state of Illinois. La lucha sigue!

 

To learn more about our immigrant justice work in the Chicagoland area or to join our Nov. delegation to the SOA Watch Border Convergence, please contact our Immigration Organizer at crodriguez@crln.org

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Suggested Readings:

ICIRR Press Release: ‘TRUST Act Signed into Law in Illinois’

‘Why You Should Stop Using the Term Dreamer’ by Jorge Rivas

‘What Do I Need to Know if the DACA Program Ends?’ by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center