Time for Action: Ask the Governor to Sign 3 Immigration Bills

Time for Action

From:

Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President
Jean Pierce and Allyson Haut, LWVIL Issues Co-chairs 

Kim Reed, LWVIL Issue Specialist, Immigration

Action Needed: 

Contact Governor Rauner and urge him to sign the following immigration bills: SB 34 The VOICES ACT, SB 35 The Safe Zones Act, and SB 3488 The Anti-Registry Program. Click here to send an email or call 312-814-2121 or 217-782-0244.
 

Why it Matters:

The Governor has one month to sign these bills, all of which are supported by the LWVIL:
  • SB 34, The Voices Act, which improves access to U and T visa in Illinois by requiring qualifying agencies to certify that a person is a crime survivor (in most cases) within 90 business days of a request. This bill will encourage immigrant domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking survivors to report their crimes to law enforcement and enable to seek potential relief from deportation. 
  • SB 35, The Immigration Safe Zones Act, which directs the Attorney General to develop model policies to protect individuals in schools, hospitals, courthouses and other "sensitive locations" should ICE attempt to apprehend anyone on these locations.
  • SB 3488, The Anti-Registry Program Act, which bars state and local government agencies from participating in any form of registry based on race, religion, gender or other characteristics.
LWVUS Position on Immigration:
Promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises; and provide for student visas. Ensure fair treatment under the law for all persons. In transition to a reformed system, support provisions for unauthorized immigrants
already in the country to earn legal status.
 

Sample Call Script:

Hi! My name is _______ .

I'm an Illinois resident and a member of the League of Women Voters. I believe that Illinois should be welcoming for immigrant communities and that ALL people should feel safe here.

There are three bills Governor Rauner can sign RIGHT NOW to make sure that happens! I want Governor Rauner to sign:

SB 34, the VOICES Act

SB 35, the Safe Zones Act

SB 3488, The No Registry Act

Please pass this message to Governor Rauner for me? Thank you!
 

Sample Facebook Posts:

Time is running out! Governor Rauner has one month to protect the members of our community and to ensure that the state of Illinois is welcoming to everyone! Call Governor Rauner TODAY at 217-782-0244 and tell him to sign SB 34 (VOICES Act), SB 35 (Safe Zones Act), and SB 3488 (No Registry Act).

SB 34, or the VOICES Act, will help protect immigrant survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and trafficking.

SB 35, or the Safe Zones Act, will protect immigrant families from being ripped apart when they are using services at schools, hospitals, courthouses, and other sensitive locations.

SB 3488, or the No Registry Act, will stand against any registry program that would single out any group of Americans based on their national origin, religion, or other characteristics.

Together, we can take action to make sure Governor Rauner signs these bills today!
 

Sample Tweets:

We have one month to make IL a more welcoming state! Take action by calling @GovRauner at 217-782-0244 and ask him to sign SB 34 - the VOICES Act, SB 35 - the Safe Zones Act, and SB 3488 - the No Registry Act. #WelcomingIL

Illinois should be the most welcoming state for immigrants. Let's make this a reality by calling @GovRauner at 217-782-0244 and asking him to sign SB 34 - the VOICES Act, SB 35 - the Safe Zones Act, and SB 3488 - the No Registry Act. #WelcomingIL