President-elect, Donald Trump, ran a campaign that many considered harsh toward immigrants - especially those without legal citizenship. This week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Chicago will remain a “sanctuary city” regardless of immigration related mandates that may come from the Trump administration. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is asking Governor Bruce Rauner and the legislature for further protections.
Fred Tsao is with the coalition. He says Illinois has a reputation for its over-all fair treatment of immigrants, yet there is work to be done. In general, immigrant's-rights groups are bracing themselves for January when Trump is sworn-in - (to be fair: they've been pushing against certain actions of the Obama administration as well.)
Click here for a list of requests the organization has so far put together for the governor and legislature.