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Evanston Welcoming City Ordinance Updated

Post Date:10/19/2017 11:40 AM
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On Monday, October 16, Mayor Stephen Hagerty signed an updated Welcoming City Ordinance that improves protections for undocumented immigrants in Evanston.

The updated ordinance was approved unanimously by the Evanston City Council on October 9, and conforms with the Illinois TRUST Act signed by Governor Bruce Rauner on August 28, 2017.

“I’m proud to sign this ordinance, which provides that all residents and visitors in Evanston be treated with respect, dignity and due process, regardless of their immigration status,” said Mayor Stephen Hagerty. "Thank you to the Evanston City Council and the many community members and organizations that helped move our City and our state forward on this important issue.”

The updated Welcoming City Ordinance protects undocumented individuals from being held by immigration authorities after coming in contact with City police, unless they have a valid, enforceable federal warrant which has been signed by a judge.

For more information about Evanston's Welcoming City Ordinance, visit cityofevanston.org/about-evanston/welcoming-city-resources or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston. 

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