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.

In light of an anti-immigrant President, Congress must address the country’s urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform immediately.

We must combat the false narrative that there is a security risk at the border or that immigrants are dangerous individuals. The only crisis we face is an Administration that mischaracterizes entire communities and fails to address the humanitarian crisis at the border where children are separated from their families and refugee and asylum seekers are being turned away.

I came to Congress to fight for a fair immigration system. We must 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

October 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC— Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this morning in support of H.Res. 1153, a congressional resolution condemning unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures on individuals without their full informed consent. This resolution addresses whistleblower allegations of mass hysterectomies being performed on women detained at the privately-run Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga.

September 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García issued the following statement regarding the creation of the immigration unit within the Cook County Public Defender's Office: 

September 16, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) joined a letter led by Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Judy Chu (CA-27), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), and signed by a total of 173 Members of Congress, urging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari to open an immediate investigation into new whistleblower allegations of mass hysterectomies being performed on women detained at the privately-run Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga.

September 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García issued the following statement on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in support of the Trump Administration’s efforts to end Temporary Protected Status:

September 4, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after notice that the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) has postponed the launch of its controversial “Citizens Academy'' in Chicago:

July 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04) issued the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo announcing it will no longer process new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and will limit renewals to only one year, while a review takes place: