Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch
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AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 1637
AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1637 by replacing
everything after the enacting clause with the following:
This Act may be cited as the
Illinois Families Together Act.
The General Assembly makes the
(1) The State of Illinois is committed to ensuring that
all residents of this State are treated equally
notwithstanding race, religion, national origin,
disability status, sexual orientation, gender, or
(2) All residents of this State are entitled to live
with dignity and without fear.
(3) Immigrants are valuable and essential members of
the Illinois community and should be able to live full and
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productive lives without fear of the government.
(4) A relationship of trust between this State's
immigrant community and State and local agencies is central
to the public safety of the people of Illinois. This trust
is threatened when State and local agencies are entangled
with federal immigration enforcement.
(5) The General Assembly shall continue to strive to
create an environment where all residents are protected to
the best of this State's ability.
Information collection and confidentiality.
(a) Within 6 months of the effective date of this Act, all
State agencies, public schools, and public institutions of
higher education shall review their confidentiality policies
to identify any changes necessary to limit collection of
information from individuals to that information necessary to
perform agency duties and to limit use or disclosure of
information for any other purpose.
(b) The review described in subsection (a) shall include a
review of all applications, questionnaires, and interview
forms used in relation to benefits, opportunities, or services
provided by a State agency, or to in-State or in-district
tuition verification, scholarship, grant, or service provided
by a public elementary or secondary school or public
institution of higher education. Within 6 months after the
effective date of this Act, all State agencies, public schools,
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and public institutions of higher education shall remove any
questions regarding citizenship or immigration status from any
application, questionnaire, and interview form, other than
those questions required by statute, ordinance, federal law, or
court order. No State agency, public school, or public
institution of higher education may add any question regarding
citizenship or immigration status to any application,
questionnaire, or interview form unless those questions are
required by statute, ordinance, federal law, or court order.
(c) Any further necessary changes to agency, school, or
institutional confidentiality and data collection policies
must be made within one year of the effective date of this Act,
consistent with agency, school, or institutional procedures.
These policies must restrict any public employee from making
services conditional upon, or requesting information or proof
regarding a person's immigration or citizenship status or place
of birth, except as required by statute, ordinance, federal
law, or court order. These policies must also require that
public services are available to, and public employees must
serve, all Illinois residents without regard to immigration or
(a) In this Section:
"Law enforcement agency" means an agency in this State
charged with enforcement of State, county, or municipal
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laws or with managing custody of detained persons in the
State, including municipal police departments, sheriff's
departments, campus police departments, the Department of
State Police, and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
"Law enforcement official" means any officer or other
agent of a State or local law enforcement agency authorized
to enforce criminal laws, rules, regulations, or local
ordinances or operate jails, correctional facilities, or
juvenile detention facilities or to maintain custody of
individuals in jails, correctional facilities, or juvenile
detention facilities also including any school resource
officer or other police or security officer assigned to any
public school, including any public pre-school and other
early learning program, public elementary and secondary
school, or public institution of higher education.
(b) On or after the effective date of this Act, no law
enforcement agency or official may enter into or remain in an
agreement under 8 U.S.C. 1357(g) or any other federal law that
authorizes State or local governmental entities to enforce
federal civil immigration laws.
(c) Nothing in this Section shall preclude a law
enforcement official from otherwise executing that official's
duties in ensuring public safety.
The provisions of this Act are
severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.