Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a bill that protects immigrants who are in the country illegally from being detained solely because of their immigration status. Conservative Republicans had lobbied against the controversial legislation. Rauner said police support it.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday signed into law a bill that would protect immigrants who are in the country illegally from being detained solely because of their immigration status, reports the Chicago Tribune. The Republican governor’s approval of the controversial immigration legislation marks a victory for immigrant advocates and a defeat for the more conservative members of his party, who had lobbied against it. Known as the Trust Act, the new law would prohibit state and local police in Illinois from arresting or detaining a person solely because of their immigration status, or based on a federal immigration detainer. The law would, however, allow law enforcement officials to hold someone if a judge has issued a warrant.
“This was not an easy bill to pass, let’s be clear,” Rauner said, praising the bill as “a very reasonable, decent outcome.” He said he had sought out the opinion of law enforcement as he was contemplating whether to sign or veto the bill. “They all said to me, governor, this is a reasonable compromise, it will help us do our jobs better, it will help us keep our communities safer,” Rauner said. State Sen. Kyle McCarter, a Republican from Lebanon, near St. Louis, said last week that if Rauner did not veto the measure, “this could be the last straw” for Downstate voters who have backed the governor.