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

September 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Trump Administration to deny asylum requests from migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border:

“I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Trump Administration to enforce new restrictions on asylum seekers at our southern border. This decision reverses decades of U.S. policy of welcoming and protecting refugees whose lives are at stake.

September 9, 2019 Press Release

CHICAGO, IL –Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted an informational session on the Trump Administration’s mean-spirited public charge rule and what it means for immigrant families Friday at Esperanza Health Center in Brighton Park. This new rule would allow immigration officials to deny immigrants green cards based on their income or the wholly legal action of using of public benefits like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid.

August 21, 2019 Press Release

Chicago, IL- Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s new ruling that will undercut the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA) that currently restricts how long U.S. officials can detain migrant children and establishes basic standards for their care:

August 16, 2019 Press Release

Chicago, IL- Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement regarding the request by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to permit the transfer of funds to ICE to expand the network of immigration detention and enforcement centers:

“Tears are still running down the eyes of the immigrant children whose parents were detained by ICE in Mississippi last week and the Trump Administration is already looking to make space to detain more hard-working people.

July 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) joined a group of 15 Members of Congress, led by Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35) in a letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan voicing strong objections to the recent signing of the “safe third country” agreement with the government of Guatemala.

July 29, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Last week Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) and Barbara Lee (CA-13), joined by 40 Democratic Members, sent a letter to the Department of Justice raising grave concerns about its plan to end the use of in-court interpreters for undocumented immigrants appearing in their first deportation hearings, and instead, use pre-recorded videos. The proposed change would jeopardize immigrants’ rights to due process, worsen delays and backlogs as a result of confusion and lengthier appeals, and ultimately, compromise the integrity our immigration system.

July 27, 2019 Press Release

Chicago, IL- Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision allowing President Trump to steal funds from the Department of Defense for an ineffective border wall:

“I am deeply disturbed by the news tonight that the Supreme Court will allow the President to spend $2.5 billion from the Pentagon on a harmful, ineffective border wall. The Congress rejected funding the wall, so the President is going around the Constitution and teaming up with the Court against the will of the people.