House Executive Committee passes bill to make Illinois a sanctuary state
A bill that grants full sanctuary for illegal immigrants has passed the Illinois House Executive Committee.
House Bill 1687 also creates the Keep Families Together Act, which would require the state attorney general to offer up new rules within 90 days of the bill’s enactment outlining the limitations placed on public schools, state-funded medical treatment facilities, public libraries, courthouses and offices operated by the secretary of state in assisting with immigration enforcement.
Sponsored by Reps. Emanuel "Chris" Welch (D-Westchester), Elizabeth Hernandez (D-Cicero), Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-Glenview) Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) and Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), the bill would also prohibit law enforcement from “inquiring about the citizenship or immigration status or place of birth of any individual, including any person who has been arrested or detained by the agency, any person in the agency or official's custody, any person submitting to questioning by the agency or official, any crime victim, any witness, or any person who calls or approaches the law enforcement agency or official seeking assistance.”
Welch is also sponsor of the bill that would repeal the parental notification requirement involving teens seeking abortions that was passed back in 1995.