A Timeline of Mark Curran's Support for Illegal Immigration - With Links
William J. Kelly and Mark Curran have long been at-odds over Curran's support for illegal immigration based on a heated debate in Lake County in 2013.
Curran, who ran for Lake County Sheriff as a Democrat in 2006-2008, has been an outspoken supporter of and testified in favor of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants in Illinois.
Curran also opposes ICE's Secure Communities program, a deportation program that relies on the partnership among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. After switching to the Republican Party, he told PBS during an interview that he still agrees with the Democrats on many issues. He also said there is "no rule of law."
Curran also backed SB 31, "The Trust Act," which was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner in 2017. The bill, which was supported by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - a pro-amnesty group, made Illinois a sanctuary state.
Curran now says he supports President Trump but blamed Trump for his re-election loss in an interview with WBBM Radio in 2018.