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

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:

March 23, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL – Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García joined five House Democrats in pressing the Trump Administration to take “swift and immediate action” to protect people in immigration detention centers and immigrant communities from the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 6, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement in response to new press reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will intensify its surveillance and enforcement operations in sanctuary cities across the country:

February 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement in response to the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to block the Trump Administration Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy:

“Today the court has agreed with immigration advocates and civil rights organizations: the United States cannot send people to a country where they face persecution, grave danger and even death. The ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy violates federal immigration law.