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Rauner’s “sanctuary state” denial stirs confusion among conservatives and amnesty advocates

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CHICAGO – Conservatives in Illinois are struggling to trust Governor Rauner and what he's saying on the stump about the TRUST Act he signed into law last year. The governor signed the legislation surrounded by immigration advocates like the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights – a pro-amnesty group – and refused to speak with family members of victims  killed by those in the US illegally. 

Democrat candidate J.B. Pritzker said Thursday night he agreed with Governor Rauner signing the TRUST Act into law. Rauner said he opposes illegal immigrants that take jobs away from Illinoisans. He said he wanted E-verify in Illinois and to strengthen regulations against employers hiring illegals.

Saturday Governor Rauner said "I will never let Illinois be a sanctuary state. Period."

That is a shift from his previous stance, Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington) told Illinois Review. SB 31 restrains local law enforcement from detaining past releases dates those that do not have up to date, sufficient immigration papers – unless they are suspected of criminal acts.

 

"I’m glad that Governor Rauner now opposes sanctuary state bills. I opposed SB 31, a sanctuary state bill according to the Justice Department, and am chief co-sponsor of HB 4091 to repeal that terrible law." Along with McSweeney, Rep. John M. Cabello C.D. Davidsmeyer - David B. Reis - Allen SkillicornTerri BryantThomas MorrisonBill MitchellJeanne M Ives and Charles Meier have signed on as co-sponsors. 

Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) responded saying "Then why did every sanctuary activist stand with him when he signed the Trust Act? That photo says a lot." 

Skillicorn said SB31 (Trust Act) prohibits Illinois law enforcement from holding people past release dates with federal detainers, which are not criminal warrants. "Since deportation results from civil offenses, not criminal, no ‘warrants’ are issued," Skillicorn said. "Only detainers." 
 
Don Rosenberg, who lost a son in a traffic accident in 2010 with an Honduran that entered the country illegally, told Illinois Review 
Rauner's well-known position on whether Illinois is a "sanctuary state" remains confusing. 
 
"Since there is no legal definition as what a sanctuary state is we have to look at the actions and the 'legislative intent' regardless of what they want to call it," Rosenberg said.  "Any state, city, municipality, etc. that does anything to protect those people here illegally or who have overstayed their visa is providing sanctuary from deportation.
 
"Rauner can say whatever he wants (plus we already know he’s a liar as he refused to meet with a group of us after promising to do so on national TV) but his 'Trust Act' is nothing more than sanctuary in illegal alien clothing,"  Rosenberg said. "That law says you’ve committed a federal immigration crime but we don’t care. We will protect you." 
 
Conservatives statewide insist what the governor is saying now can't be believed. 
 
"I call BS," Jeffrey Crane of Downer's Grove said. "The fact that you have to obtain a court order to detain, and as we know in the meantime they are released, makes the legislation sanctuary in status. Again, the Governor tries to smooth over his liberal proclivities, always having to explain himself. He cannot be trusted and has subsequently fired or forced out all of his conservative advisors. People aren't even talking about that.
 
Rauner is a rogue governor who in spite of the wishes of his supporters thinks he knows better what is good for society and Illinois, Crane said. "So now we have two Illinois dictators, Rauner and Madigan."

Illinois Minutemen spokesperson Rosanna Pulido of Sangamon County agreed that Rauner's new take is phony.

"Repetition is the mother of all learning," she said. "By enacting SB 31, Illinois took any discretion away from individual local governments, police departments and sheriffs to set their own policies and choose to comply with detainers or to consider immigration status as a basis for even the most temporary investigative stop.

"Merely because the bill did not also impose every other conceivable sanctuary policy doesn’t mean it didn’t make Illinois a sanctuary state: for anyone to say otherwise is simply playing word games. It begs the question: if these supporters don’t think Illinois post SB-31 is a sanctuary state, what do they think a real sanctuary state would actually look like?" Pulido asked.

On the other side, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights said Governor Rauner's recent vetos of bills that would protect immigrants sends messages directly opposite of the one he sent last year when he signed SB 31 into law.

Immigrant community members, state legislators, and leaders with the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois denounced Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of the VOICES Act (SB 34), the Immigration Safe Zones Act (SB 35), and the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act (SB 3103) this year. 

"Rauner’s vetoes of the bills come at a time when immigrant rights organizations are asking state and local elected officials to take leadership given the White House’s overt hostility toward immigrants," ICIRR's statement said. "The vetoes also come almost exactly a year after Gov. Rauner joined community members in Chicago to sign the landmark Illinois TRUST Act, a bill that barred state and local law enforcement from arresting and holding individuals based on immigration status or immigration warrants and detainers."

His vetoes damaged the support the immigration community showed for Rauner when he signed the TRUST Act into law, they said.

“The General Assembly passed five bills to protect immigrant communities across Illinois and make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation,” said Fred Tsao, senior policy counsel at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

“A year ago, Gov. Rauner signed the TRUST Act, yet today he announces vetoes for three bills that would make our state more welcoming. One moment he is addressing the needs of immigrant communities, and the next, he is using hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric to rationalize rejecting bills that are vital to our communities.  Can immigrants really trust this governor?” 

Conservatives that are calling for a wall to be built for national security and job availability for Americans remain confused and frustrated as much as amnesty advocates are. 

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Conservatives in Illinois are struggling to trust Governor Rauner
    Simply stated, you would have to be mentally retarded to trust a single word of anything Bruce Rauner says. There is no other way to put it. He is a liar pure and simple. There is no struggle, there are just those who accept reality and those who live in denial.

  2. Love this accurate comment:
    Illinois Minutemen spokesperson Rosanna Pulido of Sangamon County agreed that Rauner’s new take is phony.
    “Repetition is the mother of all learning,” she said. “By enacting SB 31, Illinois took any discretion away from individual local governments, police departments and sheriffs to set their own policies and choose to comply with detainers or to consider immigration status as a basis for even the most temporary investigative stop.

  3. Jim Oberweis was simply too early with his on target message about illegal aliens. At least he had the testicular fortitude to say what needed to be said. It is shame the only person in IL with a pair anymore is a woman. Well that and Rick Biesada but pops has cajones enough for 5 men.

  4. This is really quite laughable. Only slightly less laughable is that a friend of mine that lives in the Little Village neighborhood where the bill was purposely signed for the greatest optics told me today that NO ONE in the neighborhood is voting for Rauner. So he signed SB31 for votes? No. In the end, he signed it and gained nothing.

  5. There is no confusion. Rauner supports de facto open borders and illegal immigration.
    Reminds me of “The Sidestep”
    (from “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” soundtrack)
    Fellow Texans, I am proudly standing here to humbly see.
    I assure you, and I mean it- Now, who says I don’t speak out as plain as day?
    And, fellow Texans, I’m for progress and the flag- long may it fly.
    I’m a poor boy, come to greatness. So, it follows that I cannot tell a lie.
    Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don’t-
    I’ve come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
    Cut a little swathe and lead the people on.
    Now my good friends, it behooves me to be solemn and declare,
    I’m for goodness and for profit and for living clean and saying daily prayer.
    And now, my good friends, you can sleep nights, I’ll continue to stand tall.
    You can trust me, for I promise, I shall keep a watchful eye upon ya’ll…
    Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don’t-
    I’ve come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
    Cut a little swathe and lead the people on.
    Now, Miss Mona, I don’t know her, though I’ve heard the name, oh yes.
    But, of course I’ve no close contact, so what she is doing I can only guess.
    And now, Miss Mona, she’s a blemish on the face of that good town.
    I am taking certain steps here, someone somewhere’s gonna have to close her down.
    Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don’t-
    I’ve come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
    Cut a little swathe and lead the people on.
    Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep…
    And, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step…
    Cut a little swathe and lead the people on.
    Just substitute Illinois for Texas!

  6. That’s why Sam McCann is the only choice for Governor. Rauner has been a great disappointment.
    Illinoisians need to send the DEMONcrats packing. Voters need to TAKE BACK Illinois from the failed socialism of the Democrats. They’ve pillaged too long in Illinois. Time for an Illinois REVOLUTION!

  7. Is adding border control to Illinois police departments’ job obligation a good idea? Rauner knows collecting illegal aliens remains a federal responsibility—States will continue to prosecute people for serious crimes. “Conservatives” ought to keep in mind the sad fact that Madigan controls both house of the legislature; Rauner can not realistically propose any legislation with such an arrangement in place.
    Madigan can and will continue to pass laws designed to embarrass a Republican governor whenever he wants. We simply must not fall for the same old tricks time after time, as despicable and irresponsible as they may be. Vote for Republicans in the House and Senate along with Rauner in November!

  8. You can totally vet Republican representatives by what they are not talking about. That’s so funny- Rauner supports illegal aliens at the expense and lives of his own countrymen- then parses words about Illinois not becoming santuary state after he made Chicago Illinois a sanctuary City. I don’t even understand why a guy like that would do such a thing to his own people when he doesn’t have to.

  9. In other words, “Put on your big boy pants and vote for Rauner – and every other Chamber of Commerce, cheap labor, anti-middle class RINO down the ballot.”
    No – sorry. We heard that line before and won’t get fooled again.
    How stupid do you think conservatives are?

  10. Repeating myself now:
    Liar. Wants to be on four sides of every issue, as usual. Guess what, Bruce? Your law says that state and local law-enforcement CANNOT ask about, check, or contact the Feds about a perp’s immigration status. THAT is the definition of a Sanctuary State. You don’t want to call it that, of course, or own up to it. Just like you refuse to own up to mandating TAXPAYER-PAID “free” abortions when you signed HB40 into law…..