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The Illinois Forward Act Becomes Law

The Illinois Forward Act Becomes Law: Illinois Most Welcoming State in the Nation

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Monday, August 2, 2021, a new law that will end immigrant detention and further restrict local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration. The Illinois Forward Act strengthens the Illinois TRUST Act, which restricts local law enforcement from transferring undocumented immigrants over to federal agencies without a judicial warrant. The new law requires the existing three agreements between local jails in McHenry, Pulaski and Kankakee counties and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to end by January 1, 2022.

“Throughout my governorship I’ve directed my administration to adopt policies that make Illinois a welcoming state for immigrants, and I’m proud to sign these accountability measures into law to advance our cause. Every family, every child, every human being deserves to feel safe and secure in the place they call home. I am committed to making sure that value defines what it means to live in Illinois.”

– Gov. J.B. Pritzker

The Illinois Forward Act

• strictly limits local police interactions with immigration agents unless there’s a criminal warrant

• restricts ICE access to police facilities and equipment

• gives the state attorney general’s office the authority to investigate purported violations of the law

The governor’s office stated the new law is intended to establish Illinois as the most welcoming state in the nation.

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