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March 15, 2019


Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul met with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on March 14 to discuss their ongoing multistate collaboration on immigration issues. They held a roundtable discussion with community advocates who shared their perspectives on the work led by Attorney Generals Raoul and Becerra. From their input, Attorney Generals Raoul and Becerra will better be able to protect the rights of their constituents as they litigate various immigration matters against the federal government.

“While California is one of the border states, what happens at the border has an impact on the country as a whole. The funds that could be diverted under the Trump Administration’s emergency declaration would hit Illinois hard. It could jeopardize drug interdiction efforts, law enforcement operations, and potentially halt $6.6 million to be invested in military facilities, impacting 85,000 individuals,” said Raoul.

The discussion with advocates focused on the multistate lawsuit over President Trump’s border wall emergency declaration led by California and joined by attorneys general from 19 other states. Key elements of the lawsuit were reinforced when, today, the United States Senate approved a House-passed resolution to block President Trump from unilaterally funding a border wall over congressional objections. The assembled advocates also addressed:

  • California’s and Illinois’s work on multistate cases protecting immigrant residents such as asylum seekers and residents with TPS status;
  • The proposed citizenship question for the 2020 Census, which both California and Illinois have challenged in separate lawsuits; and
  • The construction of additional immigration detention facilities

“It give us all hope to hear the perspectives of both attorneys general. I came away from the table feeling reassured that they are committed to due process and justice for the immigrants we all support,” said Mary Meg McCarthy, the director of the National Immigrant Justice Center.

Attorney General Raoul will continue to collaborate with his counterparts in other states on immigration and other federal issues that affect Illinois.

Roundtable Advocate Attendees:
Rebecca Glenberg, ACLU
Mary Meg McCarthy, Mark Fleming, and Josh Karsh, National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
Mony Ruiz-Velasco and Anna Marin, PASO West Suburban Action Project
Juan Morado and Claudia Bodillo, Hispanic Lawyers’ Association
Lisa Palumbo and Nubia Willman, Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF)
Miguel Keberlein, Metropolitan Family Services
Ami Gandhi and Aneel Chablani, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (CLCCR)
Lawrence Benito, Fred Tsao, Jose Vera, and Elizabeth Cervantes, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
Griselda Vega Samuel and Steven Monroy, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
Kevin Herrera and Andrea Kovach, Shriver Center
Daphnee Pierre and Darryl Auguste, Haitian-American Lawyers’ Association

Note: Video feed from the event is available to download at Photos are available upon request.


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