CICERO, Ill. — In response to the news of migrants being moved from Texas to Chicago at the direction of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, released the following statement:

“Illinois has been and will continue to be a state that embraces people of all cultures and backgrounds. I am so proud to welcome these migrants who have sacrificed so much to build new lives in America, like many of our families and ancestors.

“I fully condemn the shameful and inhumane immigration policies of Texas and its governor. In stark contrast to Gov. Abbott, I will continue to ensure that Illinois accepts and uplifts those who choose to call our state home.

“As one of the chief co-sponsors of the 2017 Illinois Trust Act, I have spent my entire career working to make sure Illinois’ immigrants are treated with dignity and given the resources they need to make a life for themselves. For over 15 years I have led legislative efforts to build our state’s infrastructure, including the Illinois Welcoming Centers and the Office of New Americans, investing over $150 million in just the last three years, to make Illinois a “Welcoming State.”  We see that capacity in action today as resources are mobilized to support the latest wave of newcomers to our state.

“Though we have made great strides, our work is not over. I urge all of my colleagues to take today’s news as an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to support our immigrants through effective policy solutions. We must work together for the benefit of all Illinoisans.”

Rep. Lisa HernandezRep. Lisa Hernandez


24th District

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