CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Senator Martin A. Sandoval is disillusioned and offended by the Trump administration’s announcement to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama-era program that protected young undocumented immigrants from deportation and provided them with work permits, which allowed them to continue to be productive members of society without fear of deportation.
“The statement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on behalf of the Trump administration is heartless and puts our country on a backward path to destroy more innocent lives if it is not rectified. DACA recipients are entrepreneurs, doctors, students with high honors, and professionals breaking barriers. They are part of the American fabric and will undoubtedly be an integral part of our country’s future. As the Co-chair of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus, I call upon the Congressional Hispanic Caucus of the 115th Congress to come together to unite under a bipartisan solution that leads to a path to citizenship for DACA recipients,” said Senator Sandoval.
Senator Sandoval was a Chief Co-sponsor of the Illinois TRUST Act that Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law last week. The Illinois Trust Act bars federal agents and local law enforcement from engaging in immigration enforcement, ensuring residents are treated equally and with human dignity. Under the Trust Act, local law enforcement must have a valid warrant to stop and detain people who are undocumented.
Senator Sandoval is currently the Co-chair of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus. He represents the 11th Senate District, which includes the neighborhoods of Brighton Park, Clearing, Gage Park, Garfield Ridge, Little Village, West Lawn, and West Cook municipalities of Bedford Park, Burbank, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney, Summit and Riverside.