Access Living Calls Upon the IL General Assembly to Support Protections for Undocumented Immigrants with Disabilities

Override the Governor’s Veto on SB34, SB35, and SB3103

August 27, 2018
Contact: Bridget Hayman, 312-640-2129

Access Living Calls Upon the IL General Assembly to Support Protections for Undocumented Immigrants with Disabilities
Override the Governor’s Veto on SB34, SB35, and SB3103

Access Living was extremely disappointed to hear Gov. Rauner announce Friday his plans to veto three immigration bills that would have offered vital human rights protections to undocumented immigrants with disabilities – The Voices Act (SB 34), the Immigration Safe Zones Act (SB 35) and the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act (SB 3103). 


These bills would have protected undocumented immigrants with disabilities who come forward after facing domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes; who seek medical attention and fear being detained by ICE when being treated; and who don’t file tenant complaints with their landlord for fear of being evicted because of their immigration status.

Vetoing these bills shows that Gov. Rauner is insensitive to the daily needs of many in our state, and it puts undocumented immigrants at unnecessary risk. Access Living calls upon the Illinois General Assembly to do the right thing and override the Governor’s veto of these three bills. Disability rights are human rights.

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Established in 1980, Access Living is a change agent committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully–engaged and self–directed lives. Nationally recognized as a leading force in the disability advocacy community, Access Living challenges stereotypes, protects civil rights and champions social reform. 

Immigration is one of many policy issues Access Living addresses in its efforts to influence systemic change. Other issues Access Living advocates for include housing, transportation, healthcare, education, and racial justice.