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

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: 

July 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Jan Schakowsky (Il-09) and Mike Quigley (IL-05) took important steps to prevent the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency from launching an Enforcement and Removal “Citizen Academy Training” in Chicago. Earlier this week, Representatives Garcia and Schakowsky, joined by Rep.

July 7, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García published an op-ed in the Mexican newspaper Reforma calling on Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to hold President Trump accountable for his attacks against Mexicans and Mexican immigrants during his visit tomorrow in Washington.

June 18, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL. - The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today that the Trump Administration did not follow the law in its attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and did not properly weigh the impact of their decision on individuals with DACA protections. Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García issued the following statement about this decision:

April 21, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that he will issue an executive order to halt immigration:

April 18, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL- Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) spoke with Chicago health experts this week about the COVID-19 pandemic and the high rate of illness in the Latino community. Recent reports reveal that Latino/Latina and Black communities are being affected at an alarming rate, yet the federal government is not reporting demographic data to better assess the impact on minority communities. The Congressman has asked repeatedly for accurate data collection from federal agencies.

April 15, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García issued the following statement regarding the coronavirus outbreak in a migrant youth shelter under the jurisdiction of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in Chicago: