Southland Immigration Weekly News and Links, March 19 2017

A weekly list of news stories, events and resources concerning immigration and immigrant communities in the Chicago Southland.  This week, Illinois gears up on immigrant protection. March 17, 2017

1) Illinois State House considers multiple immigrant protection bills as activists push for action.  Several bills have been recently introduced in Springfield to protect immigrants in Illinois.  The bills include: Senate Bill SB0031 with Amendment 1, which among other things, protects immigrants’ personal information held by local and state law enforcement from being shared with federal immigration authorities.  It prohibits for-profit immigration detention facilities in Illinois, and prohibits state and local law enforcement from stopping or detaining individuals based solely on their immigration status.  Illinois Trust Act, House Bill HB3099 This bill would expand immigrant protections by expanding sanctuary status to state-wide state and local law enforcement agencies.  Immigration Safe Zones Act, House Bill HB HB0426 This Bill creates immigrant safe zones in Schools, Hospitals, and houses of worship.

These bills are not law and they face big challenges, not the least of which is uncertainty about whether Gov Rauner will sign the bills into law, if passed.

Hundreds of immigrant rights advocates rallied in Springfield this week to voice their demands for better legal protections of immigrant communities in Illinois.

2) Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan files brief supporting Hawaii against Trump’s travel ban.  Madigan joins AGs from 12 other states in filings against Trump’s travel ban.

3) US Rep Gutiérrez  (D-IL 4th District) is handcuffed at sit-in at Chicago ICE HQ.  A sitting US congressman is detained and handcuffed after he and immigration advocates went to ICE regional headquarters in Chicago.  Gutiérrez went there to get answers and plead for a reversal on deportation orders for individuals who were in lawful compliance with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and for Fransisca Lino, an undocumented wife and mother of US citizens who was in compliance with her annual ICE check-ins and had applied for citizenship previously.  According to Gutiérrez, the confrontation followed after repeated incidents of stonewalling from ICE to address the congressman’s concerns.

4) Hate on Chicago College Campus brings statements of unity and tolerance. The spread of hateful and cowardly acts, like anti-semitic fliers that were spread around the UIC campus this week, is a byproduct of the White House initiatives to scapegoat immigrants and muslims.  This segment will occasionally include news about violence and hate speech directed at non-immigrant minorities in Chicago and the southland.