Foreign Affairs

Peaceful relations abroad are vitally important to our stability back home. When the United States acts as an agent of goodwill, we reap the benefits of a stable economy, a vibrant workforce, and a safer world.

I am particularly interested in ensuring that the United States is a good neighbor to Mexico, Central, and South America. Diplomacy, foreign aid, and peaceful mediation can prevent people’s displacement, which in turn reduces the strain on our immigration system and fosters lasting relationships that benefit the entire region.

I firmly believe that military intervention and the use of military force should be strictly reserved as a last resort, after all diplomatic solutions have been exhausted.

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January 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C . -  Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to block federal funding for war against Iran without Congressional approval and repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF):

“Today, the House voted to stop the President from starting another endless war. The amendments we passed restrict the Trump Administration, and any future president, from conducting unauthorized military action without Congressional approval.

January 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration released its plan to address the Israeli - Palestinian conflict:

January 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass H.Con.Res. 83, directing President Trump to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces in hostilities against Iran:

January 3, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration conducted an airstrike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani at the Baghdad International Airport:

“The killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by our military forces confirms our worst fears: President Trump may be provoking an international crisis and putting us on the brink of war to distract the country from his impeachment. This is wrong.

December 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (IL-04) released the following statement after voting present on H. Res. 326: 

“I have always strongly supported a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I was a co-sponsor of H. Res 326 as originally introduced in April 2019 because it affirmed Congressional support for a negotiated solution to bring peace and security to the region. The resolution was a significant positive step toward peace.

November 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (IL-04), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Bobby Rush (IL-01) sent the following letter to the Organization of American States seeking answers to several questions related to the controversial Bolivian Presidential election of October 20, 2019.

July 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) released the following statement after voting against House Resolution 246:

“I deeply support the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace, freedom, security, and prosperity. I believe that these aspirations can only be achieved through a negotiated peace process that will lead to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

June 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Jesus “Chuy” García (IL-04) today released the following statement regarding the latest brutal chapter in the Syrian civil war in Idlib:

April 30, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  Confrontations between opposition protesters and military forces loyal to Nicolás Maduro erupted in Venezuela today after Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly, appeared alongside soldiers and called for Venezuelans to take to the streets. Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García issued the following statement regarding this developing situation:

March 30, 2019 Press Release

Chicago, ILCongressman Jesús “Chuy” García issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to cut assistance to the Central American countries in the Northern Triangle and his threats to close the border with Mexico.

“President Trump’s decision to cut direct assistance to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and his threats to close the border with Mexico demonstrate his disregard for our neighbors in the region, and his ignorance about the domestic impacts that our foreign policy decisions have.