New Americans Immigrant Policy Council (Illinois)

Created by Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich by an Executive Order on [[November 19, 2005]]. link

Their report was issued around [[December 13, 2006]], and it resulted in this [1]:

Susan Tully, national field director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said the program will put Rod Blagojevich in violation of U.S. immigration law... "He does not have the right under the Constitution, even as governor of Illinois, to grant benefits to people who haven't been cleared by immigration and customs agents," she said.

Original Executive Order

WHEREAS, 12% of Illinois' population are immigrants and 20% of the state's population is either an immigrant or children of immigrants;


NOW THEREFORE, I, Rod Blagojevich, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor, do hereby order as follows:

...2. The Governor shall appoint a 15-person New Americans Immigrant Policy Council comprised of the chairs of the Joint Legislative Immigrant and Refugee Policy Task Force, a representative of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and other appropriate parties. Representatives from the Governor's office and state agencies may participate on the Council, but they may not constitute a voting majority.

...4. The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (DES) shall jointly lead the initiative and shall develop best practices, policies, and procedures and make recommendations for statewide policy and administrative changes. The Council shall advise DHS and DES and shall assist and guide subsequent state agencies as they develop plans.