Criminal Justice Reform and Gun Safety
As a Member representing a district disproportionately affected by gun violence, I consider gun violence a true public health issue for my constituents. Congress must find sensible solutions to improve public safety including work to establish common-sense background checks, make it more difficult for guns to get in the hands of youth, ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as crack down on gun trafficking.
Criminal justice reform is long overdue. Too often we have seen punitive policies disproportionally send people of color and low-income individuals into the prison system. For too long we have tolerated a school-to-prison pipeline. I am committed to improve our criminal justice system so that it is fair and effective as I worked to do in the Illinois State Senate and as Cook County Commissioner.
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Chicago, IL - In response to the murder of George Floyd and systemic police brutality against Black and Latino communities, Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) joined Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Karen Bass (CA-37), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and 45 Members of Congress to introduce a resolution calling on Congress to condemn the criminalization of marginalized communities. Congressman García also supports transformative legislation to end police brutality, immunity, and corruption. His statement is below:
Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García released the following statement to protest the brutal murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer:
“Last week, amidst an unprecedented economic crisis and a virus ravaging black and brown communities, George Floyd was murdered in broad daylight by police in Minneapolis. The video and images of his death horrified people across America, who then took to the streets to demand an end to racist policing.”
Chicago, IL - El Congresista Jesús “Chuy” García envió el siguiente comunicado en respuesta al acto de terrorismo doméstico ocurrido en El Paso durante el fin de semana:
“Nuestra nación se encuentra conmovida y afligida. Hemos llegado a un punto de crisis. Debemos rechazar el odio que nos está dividiendo y pelear por lo mejor de este país, incluyendo nuestras fortalezas como lo son la democracia y la diversidad.
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) successfully included two provisions in H.R. 2740, the first Democratic Majority-passed Appropriations package since 2010. H.R. 2740 provides $982.8 billion to fund federal departments including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy until Sept 30, 2020.
Washington, DC- Yesterday Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report outlining its findings about the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) gang database.
Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) voted in favor of H.R. 8, legislation which requires a background check on every gun sale or transfer, including those conducted by unlicensed gun sellers.
Congressman García issued the following statement following the passage of this bill in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“As a Member of the House representing a district disproportionately affected by gun violence, I know firsthand the toll it takes on our communities.
Congressman Chuy García receives recognition for his work in violence prevention, from the Chicago Area Project, an organization he worked with when he headed Enlace Chicago.