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Protect the Stranger. Love your neighbor. Act with RAC-IL.


 כִּֽי־גֵרִ֥ים הֱיִיתֶ֖ם בְּאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרָ֑יִם
For you were strangers in the land of Egypt


Jewish tradition is clear on the treatment of immigrants. Our faith demands of us concern for the stranger in our midst. Now is the time to turn our values into action, and to ensure that justice for our country’s most vulnerable is imminent and everlasting – that it is neither delayed nor denied.

Join RAC-IL as we ACT with the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois to bring these critical bills into law in our state:

Keep Illinois Families Together Act (HB 1637)

Families in Illinois are under threat of separation due to aggressive, harmful and often lawless immigration enforcement tactics.

In 2017, our immigrant justice partners with the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois worked with key legislators to pass the Trust Act with bi-partisan support. The bill was ultimately signed into law by then-Governor Bruce Rauner. The Trust Act is designed to increase trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement by placing limits on cooperation between Illinois’ police officers and jails and federal immigration enforcement.

Despite these protective policies, families continue to be afraid to take their children to school, seek medical attention, attend court hearings or seek police protection. The Keep Illinois Families Together Act (HB 1637) will protect immigrant families from being separated by deportation, while enhancing public safety across our state.

Retaining Illinois Students and Equity (RISE) Act (HB 2691)

Illinois students deserve a chance for equitable access to financial and institutional aid. We must address the needs of college-aged Illinois students who are not eligible for federal aid. The RISE Act would ensure more Illinois students are eligible, including the following populations:

  • Students have lost state aid due to current limits on MAP grants, which specifically harms African American students
  • Undocumented students who are ineligible for federal aid
  • Transgender students disqualified for federal aid for not registering for selective service due to restrictive definitions of gender at the federal level.

The RISE Act does NOT request funding for more state or institutional aid or change financial or academic standing eligibility requirements.