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Nine House Dems push for Illinois schools, churches to be immigrant safe zones




SPRINGFIELD – Nine Chicago-area Democrats are pushing legislation in the Illinois House that would make every school, medical or health care facility and place of worship an "Immigration Safety Zone" – providing protection for foreign nationals in the U.S. illegally.

The measure would fan the flames of a nationwide debate over the rights of those that have evaded federal immigration laws. The law would allow those facilities to protect residents from federal immigration officials, and it requires those facilities to provide instruction to their personnel on how to provide assistance to those evading the law. From the bill's description, HB 426 explicitly:

  • Prohibits employees of elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education from asking about a student's immigration status or that of the student's family members, with exceptions.
  • Requires the Department of Human Services to provide training or make training available to teachers, administrators, and other staff of elementary and secondary schools, as well as to medical treatment and health care facilities, on how to deal with immigration issues and how to notify families of those issues in multiple languages.
  • Requires appropriate personnel of a facility to develop a plan to provide assistance, information, and safety to persons who are concerned about the government's immigration enforcement efforts.

Thus far the bill, HB 426, is sponsored by Rep. Emanuel Chris WelchAnn M. WilliamsElizabeth Hernandez, and co-sponsored by Kathleen Willis, Gregory Harris, Thaddeus Jones, Silvana Tabares, Kelly M. Cassidy and Theresa Mah.

It is scheduled for its first hearing Wednesday, February 8 before the House's Human Services Committee. 


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  1. Article one, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution granted the power over immigration to congress in 1808:
    The Migration (Immigration)or Importation (slaves) of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.
    ARTICLE 1 SECTION 8 Clause 4 of the U.S. Constitution states;
    “the Congress shall have Power to establish an UNIFORM Rule of Naturalization throughout the United States.”
    Federalist Papers 32 [2] (Hamilton) Congress will “establish a uniform rule of naturalization throughout the United States.”
    He goes on to say; “Where it grants an authority to the federal government, to which a similar authority in the States would be absolutely & totally CONTRADICTORY and REPUGNANT; as in Art. I, Sec. 8, clause 4, which declares that Congress shall have power “to establish an UNIFORM RULE of naturalization throughout the United States.” This must necessarily be exclusive; because if each State had power to prescribe a DISTINCT RULE, there could not be a UNIFORM RULE.”
    James Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution illustrated in the Federalist Papers [42] 17th paragraph why the power to confer citizen rights to aliens MUST be an EXCLUSIVE authority given only to congress
    It really can’t be anymore clear…..
    Congress has the exclusive authority to make citizenship law; the states DO NOT have the right to confer any citizen rights and or privileges to illegal aliens. The writers of the Federalist Papers are the EXPERTS on the meaning & intent of U.S. Constitution; Madison & Hamilton were VERY CLEAR on this issue. The states are NOT allowed to enact law that gives citizen rights & privileges to aliens. It is prohibited by Article 1 Section 8 Clause 4 and the Supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution.
    Everyone of those state representatives supporting HB 426 should be removed from office for advocating violating federal law. They swore an oath to uphold the constitution… their word is obviously no good!

  2. Correction: Everyone of those state representatives supporting HB 426 should be removed from office for advocating violating federal law.
    The article originally had HB 428 instead of HB 426 as the bill number.

  3. the states have a right to allocate resources. right? like with Obamacare? lol.
    If the feds want state agencies to find, track and report illegals… THEY NEED TO PAY FOR IT. Teachers and other state employees are neither qualified not should they be playing police for Trump’s police state.

  4. I read a book once “Stop The Coming Civil War.”
    I can’t remember who wrote it, but I do remember the writer’s theory:
    If the Left would win the 2016 election, we would have to fight to retain our Constitution and our freedom.
    Well, the Left LOST, and although WE WON, it appears the actions of the left and it’s anarchist allies intend to bring that civil war upon us anyway.

  5. Enforcing the immigration laws does not make America a police state. Your comment is moot and Obamacare violates the U.S. Constitution, I’d explain how but you’re incapable of logical thought.
    The proposed HB 426 isn’t about who pays to deport illegal alien criminals, its about the state granting immigration law breaking illegal aliens sanctuary in violation of lawfully made federal law. Only in democrat controlled states does govt provide safe zones for criminals… its because democrats have no respect for the rule of law!

  6. OMG… So Illinois Dems want freaking criminals housed in the same place that our third grade daughter goes to school? That is what this law would bring. The schools would have to house the criminals 24/7, when even now… they cannot house the homeless while kids are in school. Think PADS… Now think 24/7 housing of people who are criminals and are evading American laws…
    Talk about the destruction of education…