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
Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s public charge rule that goes into effect today. The rule seeks to limit who can enter the United States by labeling many immigrants a public charge, or cost to society.
Chicago, IL. - Today Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García, issued the following statement in response to the announcement from the Trump Administration that it will deploy 100 agents from the BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit) teams to ten sanctuary cities, including Chicago, from February to May:
“In the 1980’s under the leadership of my dear friend and mentor, Mayor Harold Washington, we signed an executive order making Chicago a welcoming city for all, regardless of citizenship.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) announced Army veteran Miguel Perez Jr. will be his guest at President Trump’s State of the Union address on February 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. As a legal permanent resident, Perez served two tours of duty in Afghanistan before being stripped of his green card and deported to Mexico for a non-violent drug conviction. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker pardoned Miguel in August 2019, clearing the path for his return to the United States and allowing him to become a U.S. citizen in October, 2019.
Brownsville, TX - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García and a delegation of Members of Congress traveled to Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico to investigate the impacts of the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as Remain in Mexico policy and the use of tent and court facilities to adjudicate asylum cases.
Watch video of the Congressman at the border: