New bill would help immigrants receive healthcare and other services, despite immigration status
A bill to keep at-risk families together and allow them to have access to healthcare and other services has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-Westchester), Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-Glenview) and Elizabeth Hernandez (D-Cicero).
The bill was introduced for first reading to the House of Representatives on Feb. 1.
House Bill 1637 creates the Keep Illinois Families Together Act, which will have the attorney general consult with whomever appropriate to propose new laws related to limiting assistance with immigration enforcement at public schools; state-funded medical treatment and healthcare facilities; public libraries; facilities operated by the Office of the Secretary of State; and courthouses.
"The General Assembly shall continue to strive to create an environment where all residents are protected to the best of this State's ability," the bill states.
Illinois already has problems protecting its own citizens and this bill will focus on protecting illegal immigration. The bill was referred to the Rules Committee on Feb. 1.