In the past eighteen months, the federal government has deployed increasingly cruel, unnecessary, and in some cases unlawful enforcement tactics against immigrants and their families. These have included a ban on travel to the U.S. for people from predominantly Muslim countries, stops and arrests without individualized suspicion of wrongdoing, raids that indiscriminately sweep up everyone present at a workplace or other location; and enforcement actions at courthouses that target people appearing as witnesses or for other important court business.
Will you take steps to protect documented and undocumented immigrants in Illinois from harmful or unlawful immigration enforcement practices? If so, how? If not, why?
DID NOT RESPOND.
I voted in support of the Illinois TRUST Act in the state Senate, and as attorney general, I will uphold this law in any context, including federal challenge or attempted retaliation through the withholding of federal funds. I will continue to advocate for policies that protect immigrants living in Illinois from unfair treatment, hate crimes and any other threats, and I will be a leading voice against federal efforts to undermine the trust between immigrants and law enforcement by attempting to force local and state police to serve as de facto immigration agents. Local and state police do not have the resources or training for this task and should be allowed to focus on preventing and solving crimes, not harassing peaceful residents based on their alleged immigration status. I support the current attorney general’s suit to block the federal government from denying law enforcement grants based on law enforcement’s posture of building trust rather than acting as immigration agents.
I have also supported legislation protecting immigrants’ access to schools, hospitals and courts, as well as a bill prohibiting housing discrimination based on immigration status. The governor recently vetoed these essential measures to bring all our residents out of the shadows and allow them fair treatment and access to justice, and I support overriding his actions. As attorney general, I will use the position and my advocacy influence on behalf of crime victims, regardless of immigration status or documentation, because everyone within our borders deserves justice and their day in court.
Finally, I have been outspoken in my opposition to the proposed inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and I will continue to work with our U.S. senators, members of Illinois’ congressional delegation and allies throughout the country to prevent the use of the census as a means of intimidation.