July 26, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on Sanctuary Cities


[WASHINGTON, DC] - After the Department of Justice's latest attack on sanctuary cities, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement:

"America is at its best when we welcome immigrants who work hard every day to build a better life for themselves and their families, but this policy takes us down a much darker path. Using law enforcement to needlessly tear families apart is unacceptable - it compromises public safety by fostering mistrust and suspicion between local law enforcement and the communities they serve and protect. I stand with the people of Chicago, Cicero, Evanston, Oak Park and Urbana against the Trump administration's divisive actions and ugly threat to make it harder for Illinois to keep its people safe."

The Trump administration's announcement yesterday on sanctuary cities would jeopardize millions of dollars in funding that Illinois relies on to help fight crime and keep Illinoisans safe. The program this announcement threatens provided the state of Illinois with $10.4 million in the fiscal year of 2016 to help law enforcement.