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Viatorians Work with Faith Communities to Advance Immigration Reform

August 7, 2017

The Viatorian Provincial Council and individual members of the Viatorian Community lent their support to efforts to persuade Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign a bill protecting the due process rights of immigrants and provide strong statewide protections.

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, left, joined with faith leaders in making the case at Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office to support the Trust Act

In all, Viatorians were among 165 faith leaders and 60 organizations across the state to work together in support of this bi-partisan bill. Last week, they learned their efforts were rewarded.

Officials with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights announced that Gov. Rauner had agreed to sign the Trust Act.

“This is good news,” said Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, simply. Br. Gosch serves as the coordinator of justice, peace and integrity of creation for the Viatorian Community and he has worked tirelessly to involve the community in efforts to support immigration reform.

The Illinois Trust Act would prevent state law enforcement agencies from engaging in immigration actions unless there is a warrant. It also would bar federal agents from making arrests in schools and health care facilities.

“The Illinois TRUST Act will be a national model for common-sense, constitutional state-level immigration policy,” said Mark Fleming, associate director of litigation at the National Immigrant Justice Center. “We are proud to live in a state that is taking action to defend basic due process rights for all of our residents, no matter where we come from or what we look like.”