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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Gutiérrez: IL Gov. Rauner Signs Bills to Enhance Public Safety & Voter Participation

August 28, 2017
Press Release
“They do many things wrong in Springfield, but at least Illinois policies are fact-based.”

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement reacting to the news that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner had signed two important bills into law.  One bill, known as the Trust Act (SB 31), strengthens the statewide firewall between federal immigration and deportation issues and the enforcement of law by state and local police, thereby enhancing public safety.  The other bill provides for automatic voter registration for eligible voters in Illinois.

“Illinois, like Chicago, has been a leader in defining and strengthening the firewall between our state and local police and federal immigration and deportation policies.  Leaders in law enforcement up and down the state recognize the public safety consequences of turning local cops into deportation agents and they have fought back on behalf of the people of Illinois.  We do not give sanctuary to criminals, but we do make sure that nobody hesitates when they need to call 911 for help, and we stand by that.

“I think there is very broad agreement that more people voting is better than fewer people voting, despite the national Republican assault on voting rights to prevent eligible U.S. citizens from participating in democracy.  I think this is a massive slap in the face to President Trump and Kris Kobach who are on a national crusade to keep Americans from voting.  Even with a Republican in the Governor’s office, narrow-minded discrimination just doesn’t work in Illinois.

“I am glad to see my state leading on these issues because it demonstrates a lot about the integrity of Illinois’ voters.  Politicians all over, especially Republicans, have been selling lies about immigrants and crime and voting, and the people of Illinois are simply smarter than that to take the bait that Trump and others are using to chum the political waters.  Those strategies just do not work in the Land of Lincoln.  They do many things wrong in Springfield, but at least Illinois policies are fact-based.”

Rep. Gutiérrez is in his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois.  He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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