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

November 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Reps. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), Grace Meng (D-NY), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Norma Torres (D-CA), along with 80 other Members of Congress, sent a letter to the heads of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) demanding that they abandon plans to hike up USCIS application fees.

November 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement as the Supreme Court begins proceedings regarding the Trump Administration’s attempt to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

October 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Reps. Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Grace Meng (NY-06) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introduced bold legislation that would ensure a more inclusive and welcoming system to help new Americans achieve their American Dream.

October 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressmen Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) and Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03) are leading a letter to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew Albence raising their deep concerns about reports that the agency is building an “urban warfare” training facility in Fort Benning, modeled after neighborhoods in Chicago and Arizona. 

September 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement in response to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s September 26th announcement to single out and attack Chicago and other sanctuary cities.