Immigration

We are a community of immigrants, where families from around the world have settled to call home.

As an immigrant and as a Member representing a community that is over one-third foreign born, this is an issue of great personal importance. Immigrants enrich our economy and society and we should welcome those who seek to better their lives as we have done for centuries.

We must combat the false narrative that immigrants are dangerous individuals. Not only do we need to undo the harm of the past Administration, we must also reimagine an immigration system guided by justice and compassion. This is why I have itntroduced the New Way Forward Act to restore the fundamental principles of due process to keep families together, and dismantle the prison to deportation pipeline. 

We must also continue to hold agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) accountable. Fighting for a fair immigration system also means finding an immediate solution for 800,000 DREAMers who are living in constant uncertainty. Ultimately, I am determined to pave a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented people in this country including DACA- and DAPA-eligible individuals and those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). 

More on Immigration

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) alongside Representatives Hank Johnson (GA-04), Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), and Ilhan Omar (MN-05) led a group of 21 lawmakers in introducing the House companion to Senator Merkley’s Honduras Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Act of 2021. This critical legislation, which is identical to the Senate version, lays out a comprehensive framework for combating corruption, impunity, and human rights violations in Honduras.

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) voted today to pass the NO BAN Act, which would prevent future presidents from issuing discriminatory travel bans, and the Access to Counsel Act, which would ensure individuals detained at a port of entry have access to legal representation.