Illinois Law Would Ban Landlords from Reporting Illegal Alien Tenants

Under a proposed Illinois law, it will be a crime to report certain crimes. There are ways around this insanity.

State Sen. Christina Castro introduced a bill last session to prevent illegal alien reporting. It passed both houses but was vetoed by Rauner.

Rauner rightly concluded that such a bill would violate federal laws. I believe it would be unconstitutional to boot.

With a new governor Castro is back at it.

Please consider Illinois Legislation Would Ban Landlords from Reporting Tenants to Immigration Officials.

“This bill is to allow our immigrant communities to feel safe and not retaliated against based on what their immigration status is,” she said.

Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, said the bill entirely blocks landlords from reporting illegal immigrants to the authorities.

“You are telling your landlords ‘no, you can’t say a word to anyone in law enforcement about that individual,'” he said. “Is there any other area that you can think of in state policy where you would so tie a landlord’s hands?”

The bill now awaits House consideration.

California has a law that prohibits landlords from asking tenants about their immigration status. There’s an effort in Washington D.C. to charge a landlord guilty of reporting a tenant to immigration with felony extortion.

Making It a Felony to Report a Crime

Illegal aliens are here illegally, by definition.

In the twisted minds of Democrats, it is "discrimination" to report crimes to authorities.

In Illinois, Castro’s bill would allow a tenant to sue the landlord for up to $2,000 in civil court.

The Illinois law has little bite. For starters, how would anyone even know who reported the tenant to authorities. Secondly, the landlord could have a third party do the reporting. Third, the fine is a mere $2,000 and the illegal alien would have to initiate a lawsuit.

That's not going to happen. Rather, Castro’s law is little more than a symbolic and futile effort to intimidate landlords.

The same of course applies in D.C. Just have someone else do the reporting. But that involves another person who might snitch. Then your apartment building is bombarded with protesters and picketers for weeks.

Especially in D.C. where a felony charge awaits, it's probably best to report anonymously yourself because the potential consequences are severe.

Public Service

As a public service against clearly unconstitutional laws, WikiHow explains How to Report Illegal Immigrants Anonymously.

Here's the curious thing about all this. There is no fool-proof way to know if someone is here illegally, unless the person tells you.

In California you cannot even ask, not that anyone would ever tell the truth if they were here illegally.

Nonetheless, such blatantly unconstitutional laws have no merit for existence. Their sole purpose is to intimidate landlords into accepting illegal aliens.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Castro's bill is Just another casual disrespecting of the rule of law, lowering the barrier one more notch that prevent anyone from picking and choosing which laws they'll respect. That's nature's plan: Chaos, then entropy.

Still, traffic laws really cramp my style, and speed limits are a drag. I could probably get Castro's support for letting me drive the medians and sidewalks at 100 mph, unreported if there were thirty or forty million of me, like there are illegal aliens...


Why would a landlord care about the citizenship status of a tenant? As long as the check clears it shouldn't matter. If the tenant is later deported the lease is terminated and the tenant forfeits any deposit paid.

Unless the law created a catch-22 situation where it is illegal to rent to an illegal immigrant but it is also illegal to ask if a potential renter is in the country legally I don't see a problem.


Yep. But you better bake that damn cake.

"In the twisted minds of Democrats, it is "discrimination" to report crimes to authorities."


Because the will vote for more and more free sh*t and for democrats for generations.


"In Illinois, Castro’s bill would allow a tenant to sue the landlord for up to $2,000 in civil court."

And there, the mystery is solved: As always, ever more aggrandizement of tinpot courts, with ever greater leeway to insert themselves into the business of others.