• New laws signal support for immigrant communities

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  • Aquino’s RISE Act signed by Pritzker

    graduates 062119CHICAGO – Undocumented and transgender students in Illinois will now be eligible to receive state financial aid for higher education as Gov. JB Pritzker signed the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity (RISE) Act into law today. State Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) sponsored the legislation in the Senate.

    “Every student, regardless of their immigration status or gender identity, deserves full access to higher education,” said Aquino. “Now that we will provide these students with the means to attend an institution of higher education, we will see a massive return on investment when they graduate and enter the workforce as productive employees.”

    The RISE Act, filed under House Bill 2691, allows transgender students who have not registered for selective service and undocumented Illinois residents to apply for state financial aid such as the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) grant.

    Aquino worked with students and immigration activists to develop the bill with Representative Elizabeth Hernandez (D-Cicero).

    House Bill 2691 takes effect immediately.

  • Munoz proud to support immigrants

    munoz 032819CHICAGO –Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) commended the governor’s signing of three measures that will provide security and support for undocumented immigrants across Illinois.

    “Illinois has always been a refuge for people from all over the world,” Munoz said. “For that reason, we are proudly one of the most culturally diverse states in the country. These measures ensure that our immigrant families feel safe and will remain here at home.”

    The following legislation was signed into law today:

    • House Bill 2691, which provides access to financial aid for undocumented students and other groups of students who have limited access to aid.
    • House Bill 2040, which bars the state and local communities from entering into contracts for private immigration detention centers.
    • House Bill 1637, which bars law enforcement agreements that deputize police to act as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.


    House Bills 2040 and 1637 are now under effect, while HB 2691 goes into effect on Jan. 1.