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

January 14, 2021 Press Release

Chicago, IL – This week, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) convened a virtual meeting between labor groups leaders and Illinois Unidos to address the COVID-19 pandemic through multi-sector collaboration across groups.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today the House voted on a year-end agreement consisting of two legislative packages to fund the government through 2021 and provide additional COVID-19 relief. Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) voted for Part II of H.R. 133, which funds domestic programs that include healthcare, environmental protections, roads and public transportation, workforce development, affordable housing, and over $900 billion in additional COVID-19 relief.

December 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Judy Chu (CA-27) and Yvette Clarke (NY-09) joined FIRM Action—the nation’s largest immigrant rights network—today in announcing the Roadmap to Freedom Resolution as a progressive vision to transform the immigration system to one that is focused on dignity and rooted in the needs and lives of impacted people.

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.