Illinois Among States Pushing Back on Trump Immigration Hard Line

The legislature has passed several pro-immigrant measures

Illinois lawmakers pushed back last spring against President Donald Trump and his often hardline stance on immigration policy.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature approved several pro-immigrant measures. They include allowing immigrants to apply for professional licenses or rent apartments without fear of eviction based on immigrant status.

Others are a direct response to the Trump administration. One encourages state-funded facilities including schools and hospitals not to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Another prohibits the state from participating in a Muslim registry. That was a Trump 2016 campaign suggestion that hasn't gone anywhere.

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Immigration rights activist Fred Tsao (SAUH') says immigrants have "been living in fear and anxiety" because of the Republican president's stance.

Illinois has joined other states nationally in enacting immigration-related legislation since Trump took office.

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