Immigrant advocates are urging Illinois lawmakers to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill affecting how police interact with illegal immigrants who become victims of crime.
The VOICES Act was aimed at people in the country illegally who become the victim of domestic abuse, rape or other violent crimes, but avoid reporting the crime out of fear they themselves could be deported. The bill calls for police to quickly issue certification that the person is a crime victim, allowing them to remain in the country while their case is being adjudicated. Rauner vetoed the bill last summer.
Critics say the veto endangers victims and allows criminals to go unpunished.