Hernandez, Others Urge Passage of Dream Act, Highlight State-Level Immigration Efforts


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, and colleagues will urge passage the federal 2019 Dream and Promise Act, as well as to highlight state-level initiatives to combat the bigoted policies of Donald Trump at a press conference Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Blue Room in Springfield.

“The livelihood of over 42,000 young people in Illinois, and over 800,000 nationwide, has been hanging by a thread ever since Donald Trump’s shameful decision to end DACA,” Hernandez said. “These young people are doctors, engineers, teachers and members of our communities, so it’s crucial for Congress to ensure that they aren’t ripped away from their loved ones.”

Hernandez is leading the charge by introducing House Joint Resolution 27, which urges Congress to pass the Dream Act, ensuing protections for the roughly 42,400 Dreamers in Illinois who are vulnerable to deportation. Legislation has also been introduced this General Assembly to address various issues facing the immigrant community, including but not limited to, notary regulations, university trustee representation, housing rights, banning for-profit detention centers, securing public spaces from Trump’s deportation officers and the petition of guardianship.
WHO: State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez,
State Rep. Celina Villanueva
State Rep. Aaron Ortiz
State Rep. Delia Ramirez
State Rep. Theresa Mah
State Rep. Emmanuel “Chris” Welch
State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
State Rep. Kelly Cassidy

House Joint Resolution 27, House Bill 1558, House Bill 836, House Bill 2176, House Bill 1637, and Senate Bill 1290

Thursday, March 20 | 11:30 a.m.

Illinois State Capitol Building | Blue Room