Martinez ReleaseCHICAGO — In response to the University of Illinois deciding not to become a sanctuary campus for undocumented students, Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“I am outraged and deeply disappointed that the University of Illinois has decided against becoming a sanctuary campus for undocumented students. President-elect Trump’s racially charged rhetoric against immigrants during the campaign and threats of deportation have put many students in fear, leaving them to wonder what’s next for their education and future.

Undocumented students in Illinois should not have to live in fear. These students aren’t able to receive financial aid and many of them work two and three jobs to pay for college. By becoming a sanctuary campus, the University of Illinois could have put students at ease and taken a strong moral stance against President-elect Trump’s targeting of undocumented students.

I will continue monitoring how the University of Illinois and other colleges address the concerns of the immigrant community. We must be stronger than ever for our undocumented students, and I will continue to fight for their rights.”


Category: News Releases

Office Information

Springfield Office:
413 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8191
District Office:
2921 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020


Find Your Legislator