Gov. Rauner Vetoes Measures Aimed to Increase Immigrant Protections

Aug 27, 2018

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner last week vetoed several immigration related proposals ... earning the ire of advocates and some lawmakers in the General Assembly.

The measures aimed to give undocumented immigrants greater protections from immigration-law enforcement and landlords, as well as increase protections for immigrant crime victims who cooperate with police investigations.

Fred Tsao with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights says the governor is trying to appeal to some of the uglier sentiments regarding immigration.
"And rather than trying to unite us all as Illinoisans, instead he's going out of his way to disrespect certain sectors of our community - mainly immigrants and their families and those of us who work with immigrants and live with immigrants as our neighbors."
Rauner did sign two other measures ... including one prohibiting the creation of a registry based on national origin and another allowing the issuance of professional licenses regardless of immigration status.