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.

We must combat the false narrative that immigrants are dangerous individuals. Not only do we need to undo the harm of the past Administration, we must also reimagine an immigration system guided by justice and compassion. This is why I have itntroduced the New Way Forward Act to restore the fundamental principles of due process to keep families together, and dismantle the prison to deportation pipeline. 

We must also continue to 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

March 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jesús “Chuy'' García issued the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, and H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. These two landmark pieces of legislation will modernize and reform our immigration system and secure a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have been key in keeping our country moving during this pandemic:

February 26, 2021 Press Release

CHICAGO – U.S. Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL-04) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today hosted a call with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)and other immigration and legal service organizations to provide an update on federal immigration reform efforts and priorities for the new legislative session.  García and Durbin stressed the urgency of passing immigration reform legislation under the Biden-Harris Administration.

February 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Grace Meng (NY-06), and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii)  today re-introduced the New Deal for New Americans Act, legislation that promotes immigrant and refugee inclusion, as well as coordinates the efforts of federal, state, and local governments to support the social, economic, and civic integration of immigrants and refugees.

February 18, 2021 Press Release

CHICAGO, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement regarding the bicameral U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, introduced today: