041310br0098 rSPRINGFIELD — Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address:

“The governor’s proposed budget will disproportionately harm low-income, minority and immigrant communities through deep cuts to programs like childcare assistance, addiction prevention and treatment services, immigrant integration services and welcoming centers.

With these communities already under attack from the federal government, I would hope that our governor would stand up for the most vulnerable among us. I am once again disappointed that he did not.”

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04272017CM0704 rSPRINGFIELD —Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is vowing to continue to oppose federal policies that harm immigrant communities in the wake of the Trump administration’s decision to end protection for hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans living and working in the United States.

“Kicking more than 200,000 people out of the country they have come to call home is shockingly cruel, even for such an anti-immigrant administration,” Martinez said. “These men and women contribute greatly to our society, and they deserve to be here as much as anyone else.”

Trump announced earlier this week that he is ending Temporary Protected Status for people who came to the United States from El Salvador following devastating earthquakes in the country in 2001.

“We are talking about people who have called our country home for more than 15 years,” Martinez said. “Telling them to pack up and leave after they have worked so hard to establish a life for themselves here goes against everything we stand for as Americans.”

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102714CM0036 rIn the past few weeks, the governor has taken action to assist in Puerto Rican relief efforts following Hurricane Maria and announced willingness to welcome evacuees from the U.S. territory, where millions are still without food, water and electricity.

Senators Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) and Omar Aquino (D-Chicago), who have both advocated for Illinois to welcome evacuees since the hurricane hit, said they are please Illinois is ready to help.

“I am so thankful that Illinois is stepping up to help Puerto Rico take on the massive project of rebuilding after Hurricane Maria,” Martinez said. “The millions of people struggling without food, power and water in Puerto Rico are American citizens, and I am proud that our governor did the right thing in standing with them.”

“As a Puerto Rican legislator who represents a large Puerto Rican constituency, it is heartening to know that our state is willing to open its doors to victims of natural disasters. Like many in my community, I have family members in Puerto Rico who are still without power and running water and have limited communication with the outside world,” Aquino said.

“Since Hurricane Maria made landfall, I have been working with community groups to coordinate recovery efforts and I am glad that the governor has committed to helping our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. I know that the communities that I serve are ready to provide a helping hand to these displaced families.”

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04052017CM0275 rSPRINGFIELD —Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20th) released the following statement after the Senate voted today to override the governor’s veto of legislation prohibiting local governments from establishing right-to-work zones:

“Once again, the governor showed that he cares more about big businesses than the citizens of Illinois. Right-to-work laws lower wages, something that would disproportionately harm lower-income Illinoisans. I am glad the Senate stood up to the governor today and protected the hard-working men and women of our state.”

Gov. Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 1905 last month, and the Senate voted 42-13 today to override his veto.

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