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Munoz042718 2SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved a proposal Thursday that would help protect immigrants who are crime victims and who cooperate with the police. Those who work with police on human trafficking or other severe crimes will receive paperwork certifying that they were the victim of a qualifying crime as is requested to apply for certain visas.  Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago), co-sponsor of Senate Bill 34, released the following statement on the legislation.

“The current anti-immigrant political climate has forced many into hiding, which has had a negative effect on crime reporting and made it easier for human traffickers and other criminals to get away with their crimes. I hope this measure encourages crime victims to come forward and help police make our streets safer for everyone.”

Learn more about the proposal: http://illinoissenatedemocrats.com/caucus-news/feature-story-archive/6321-senate-advances-protections-for-immigrants-who-assist-police

When Undocumented Immigrants Don't Report Crimes, We All Suffer

Munoz042718SPRINGFIELD – A proposed bill from Illinois Senate Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) would give hiring preference to Illinois State Police applicants who are immediate family members of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

“One of the best ways to pay tribute to someone is to take on their life’s work as your own,” said Munoz, a former Chicago police officer. “Losing a loved one in law enforcement inspires relatives to serve, and they deserve the opportunity to continue their family legacy.”

Currently, hiring preference is given to a person who has honorably served in the military.

Consideration for family members of fallen officers will be given once they have passed a fitness test, background investigation and oral interview.

Senate Bill 2252 was approved in the Senate and will now head to the House.

munoz041318SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois senate passed a resolution today condemning Gov. Bruce Rauner’s statement that he would comply should President Donald Trump order Illinois National Guard soldiers to the Mexican border.
State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), son of immigrants and Illinois Latino Caucus co-chair, sponsored the measure, Senate Resolution 1593, and had strong words for the governor.

“Gov. Rauner’s inability to stand up against the president’s racism and intolerance of the immigrant community is shameful,” Sandoval said. “Sending Illinois National Guard soldiers to the border is a misuse of taxpayer dollars, a disservice to Illinoisans who may need their services and insulting to a nation our state has strong ties to. Our immigrant communities deserve better from the governor.”

The Illinois National Guard helps Illinoisans during floods, snowstorms, tornadoes and other disasters. Its mission is to “provide trained and disciplined forces for domestic emergencies or as otherwise provided by state law,” and it is only called by the president to serve outside the state in emergencies or dire situations.

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago), who served in the U.S. Army, said the border situation does not constitute and emergency that would require deployment of the National Guard.

“We should be working to protect our state’s immigrant communities from the president’s harmful and irrational policies,” Munoz said. “In this case, our National Guardsmen can better serve Illinoisans from within our state’s borders.”

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Munoz031418SPRINGFIELD – A bipartisan group in the Illinois Senate took part in a symbolic walkout Wednesday to demand gun control in solidarity with the nation’s youth, then accompanied the move with practical action.

That action is a ban on the sale of assault rifles to individuals under the age of 21.

“As a former police officer, I have seen firsthand the damage these weapons can do in the wrong hands. It’s horrifying,” Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) said. “We have to do better to prevent this violence, and this is a step in the right direction.”

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