Martinez SB 308 ReleaseSPRINGFIELD — An initiative that would allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, known as dreamers, to become a licensed pharmacist is being sponsored by Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago).

Today, Martinez passed the legislation out of the Senate’s Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee.

“Given the investment we have made in our dreamers, it is only natural to open the gates of opportunity for employment in a career in heavy demand in Illinois,” Martinez said. “These kids have a proven record of academic and personal achievement and are eager to serve their communities. They should be allowed to pursue a career that benefits the health of the public.”

Senate Bill 308 is an initiative of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational fund (MALDEF).

No other profession regulated by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation requires proof of immigration status to obtain licensure. Martinez’s legislation simply brings pharmacy in line with requirements for other professions.

Former-President Barack Obama’s executive order created DACA. Under DACA, people brought into the country unauthorized as children are allowed to stay in the country to work and attend college. 

           

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