Earlier this week, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed HB 121 into law, which will make an employer’s decision to not hire illegal aliens with work permits a civil rights violation.
John Binder of Breitbart Newsexplained what this law entails:
The law is specifically designed to prevent employers from not hiring illegal aliens who are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) but also will encompass border crossers who are released into the United States interior and able to secure work permits via the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
“Throughout my governorship, I’ve directed my administration to adopt policies that make Illinois a welcoming state for immigrants, and I’m proud to sign these accountability measures into law to advance our cause,” Pritzker declared in a statement he released.
Binder published a summary of the law:
Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that it is the public policy of the State to prevent discrimination based on the specific status or term of status that accompanies a legal work authorization. Defines “work authorization status” as the status of being a person born outside of the United States, and not a U.S. citizen, who is authorized by the federal government to work in the United States. Provides that it is a civil rights violation for: (1) any employer to refuse to hire, to segregate, to engage in harassment, or to act with respect to recruitment, hiring, promotion, renewal of employment, selection for training or apprenticeship, discharge, discipline, tenure or terms, privileges or conditions of employment on the basis of work authorization status; (2) any employment agency to fail or refuse to classify properly, accept applications and register for employment referral or apprenticeship referral, refer for employment, or refer for apprenticeship on the basis of work authorization status; (3) any labor organization to limit, segregate, or classify its membership, or to limit employment opportunities, selection and training for apprenticeship in any trade or craft, or otherwise to take or fail to take, any action which affects adversely any person’s status as an employee or as an applicant for employment or as an apprentice, or as an applicant for apprenticeships, or wages, tenure, hours of employment, or apprenticeship conditions on the basis of work authorization status; and (4) any employer to refuse to honor work authorization based upon the specific status or term of status that accompanies the authorization to work. Provides that it is a civil rights violation for a person, or for 2 or more persons, to conspire to retaliate against a person because he or she has opposed that which he or she reasonably and in good faith believes to be discrimination based on work authorization status. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.
In addition, Pritzker signed two other bills into law — the Illinois Trust Act and the VOICES Act — that will ban state and local governments from entering into law enforcement contracts with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency that assist in the arrest and deportation of criminal illegal aliens.
On top of that, the law bars local officials from asking about the immigration status of any individual who is in police custody unless ICE officials are able to provide a federal criminal warrant. The whole point of this policy is to protect criminal illegal aliens from being handed over to ICE for arrest and deportation.
Amnesty is stalling in Congress due to the polarized nature of American politics. The fact remains that Democrats don’t have strong majorities in either House, and on top of that, a handful of Democrats are located in swing states (Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and New Hampshire) where voters are not keen about passing amnesty.
As a result, there will be gridlock. However, blue states will pick up the slack and pass their own pro-mass migration policies. Populists should keep their eyes peeled at all levels of state government because the Left never rests and they’re looking for every opportunity to pass legislation that undermines America’s national character.