04242018CM0869 rCHICAGO — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) passed a measure yesterday that makes all qualified applicants eligible for professional licenses, regardless of their immigration status.

A federal law passed in 1996 makes non-citizens ineligible for state-issued professional licenses, but allows individual states to pass legislation granting licenses to non-citizens.

“Immigrants contribute to our state by working hard and paying taxes,” Martinez said. “If someone wants to further their career by becoming a licensed professional, we need to do all we can to support that.”

The legislation deletes a provision in the Pharmacy Practice Act that requires an individual to submit evidence that they are a United States citizen or legally admitted immigrant before receiving a license. It also requires the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to allow an applicant to use a taxpayer identification number as an alternative to a Social Security number.

Senate Bill 3109 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now heads to the House for consideration.

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CHICAGO — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following response today to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s statement that he would comply if President Donald Trump orders the Illinois National Guard to the Mexican border:

“Sending the military to the border is yet another example of the president’s racist attitude towards immigrants. He intends to treat them like dangerous criminals rather than hardworking people looking for a better life. And Governor Rauner’s willingness to send troops from Illinois demonstrates his inability to stand up for what’s right and would only serve to further the president’s dangerous agenda against immigrants.”

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martinez2014c rCHICAGO — Former Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez has accepted a new leadership position as assistant majority leader of the Illinois Senate, an elevated role that will enable her to continue drawing attention to important issues while serving her district and the people of Illinois with energy and passion.

“I am honored and humbled to accept this leadership role,” said Martinez, who in 2002 became the first Hispanic woman elected to the Illinois Senate. “I look forward to continuing to use my position as a senator and a leader to work for my constituents and all citizens of Illinois.”

Martinez, a Chicago Democrat, was appointed to the leadership role by Senate President John Cullerton.

She served as assistant majority leader from 2007 to 2008 and was named majority caucus whip in 2013.

As a state senator, Martinez has advocated for affordable housing, expanded health care access and proper care for seniors and the disabled. She is a tireless champion of programs that improve the quality of education in Illinois, and she uses her involvement with the Latino Legislative Caucus to advocate for minorities and immigrants.

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