Welter joined plea to prevent sanctuary status for Illinois
Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) urged Gov. Bruce Rauner not to enact Senate Bill 31 in a letter he co-authored with five other Republican lawmakers, according to the Illinois Review.
“As elected Republican Legislators we are compelled to represent our constituents and our party by respectfully urging you to veto Senate Bill 31, the so called 'Trust Act,'" the letter read. “Law enforcement, elected officials, and the federal government have all sworn to protect individual rights and the U.S. Constitution. We agree in checks and balances, but the state should not interfere with lawful action by the federal government.”
Rauner signed the bill into law three days after the lawmakers sent their letter, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The law prohibits state and local law enforcement officers from detaining individuals for federal immigration agents if the agents do not have a warrant.
“We see SB31 as what it is, this bill is a political ploy,” the letter read. “Signing SB31 into law does more political harm than good. Please veto SB(31) and let’s continue to work on the reforms Illinois so desperately needs.”
The letter was co-signed by Reps. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee), John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) and Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), as well as Sens. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) and Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove).