Bill Text: IL HR0479 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Requests that no State or local government agency or official should expend any time, facilities, equipment, information, or other resources of the agency or official to facilitate the creation, publication, or maintenance of or any participation in any federal program with the purpose of registering or maintaining a database of individuals present in the United States based on their race, color, ancestry, national origin, or religion.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-05-31 - Referred to Rules Committee [HR0479 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HR0479-Introduced.html


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HOUSE RESOLUTION
2 WHEREAS, The United States was built upon the premise and
3promise of religious tolerance, a principle enshrined in the
4First Amendment guarantee of free exercise of religion; and
5 WHEREAS, The State of Illinois has historically welcomed
6newcomers from all nations and of all faith traditions, and has
7historically benefited from the diversity these newcomers
8bring; and
9 WHEREAS, The most recent federal election campaign
10featured rhetoric and discussion of policy proposals hostile to
11certain nationality and religious groups, including
12specifically a possible registry of Muslim Americans; and
13 WHEREAS, Reported attacks on Muslim, Arab, and South Asian
14Americans and other incidents of discrimination, including in
15housing, education, and employment, have increased sharply
16during the past two years and in particular since the 2016
17elections; and
18 WHEREAS, Muslim youths in particular face barriers to
19safely expressing their religion in school, with young Muslim
20women being bullied for wearing the hijab or niqab; and

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1 WHEREAS, Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Americans have
2endured discriminatory policies such as the National Security
3Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which targeted men
4from 24 predominantly Muslim countries in the immediate
5aftermath of the 9-11 attacks; and
6 WHEREAS, The current federal administration has issued two
7executive orders attempting to impose restrictions on
8individuals from seven (later six) Muslim majority countries
9seeking to enter the United States, restrictions that federal
10courts have enjoined in due to their discriminatory intent; and
11 WHEREAS, Initiatives such as NSEERS, the travel
12restrictions, and a potential Muslim registry recall past
13discriminatory initiatives such as the internment of 120,000
14Americans of Japanese descent during World War II, for which
15our nation has formally apologized; and
16 WHEREAS, Our State should continue to welcome all
17nationality and religious groups and should stand in opposition
18to any attempts to discriminate against Arab and Muslim
19Americans or any other group based on national origin or
20religion; therefore, be it
21 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
22HUNDREDTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that it is

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1the sense of this body that no State or local government agency
2or official should expend any time, facilities, equipment,
3information, or other resources of the agency or official to
4facilitate the creation, publication, or maintenance of or any
5participation in any federal program with the purpose of
6registering or maintaining a database of individuals present in
7the United States based on their race, color, ancestry,
8national origin, or religion; and be it further
9 RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
10delivered to the President and Vice-President of the United
11States, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States
12Senate, the Speaker and Minority Leaders of the United States
13House of Representatives, and all members of the Illinois
14Congressional Delegation.
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