On August 28, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will sign the Illinois TRUST Act into law. At this point, many people in Illinois, especially those who are immigrants, may be wondering what the passage of the TRUST Act will mean for them.
Ultimately, the TRUST Act will accomplish two major goals: (1) preventing unnecessary or unwarranted cooperation between local police and immigration authorities, and (2) building trust between police officers and immigrant communities.
These goals will be achieved in two ways: (1) police will not be able to act on detainers and warrants that were not issued by a judge, and (2) police will not be able to stop, search, or arrest anyone based solely on that individual’s immigration or citizenship status.
Please note: police can still enforce federally issued warrants, and otherwise communicate with ICE.
For more information on the Illinois TRUST Act, please visit: http://www.trustinil.org/about