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Andrade Backs Legislation to Block State Money From Helping Trump's Border Wall

12/16/2016

CHICAGO – Fighting against the racist and xenophobic policies proposed by the incoming Trump administration, state Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, is demanding the state end investment in any firm associated with President-elect Trump’s proposed border wall.

“Our nation is one of immigrants, the diversity of our communities is our greatest strength, and we should be building bridges not walls,” Andrade said. “As a son of immigrants, the racist and divisive rhetoric that Trump used as the foundation of his campaign with was alarming and must be called out.”

Andrade is cosponsoring House Bill 6628, which would prohibit any state pension funds from investing with companies constructing President-elect Trump’s border wall. There is precedent in current state law to restrict state pension investment in corporations that engage in hateful and despicable actions, including those that boycott Israel, and firms that are headquartered in oppressive nations, such as Iran or Sudan.

“I think it’s important that we send a clear message to President-elect Trump that his hateful rhetoric will not be tolerated in Illinois,” Andrade said. “I am hopeful that Gov. Rauner will take a strong stance against hate and stand in solidarity with the immigrant residents that call Illinois home.”

For more information please contact Andrade’s full-time constituent service office at 773-267-2880 or staterep40@gmail.com.



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