Congressman García’s Statement on the Passing of John Lewis

July 18, 2020
Press Release

Chicago, IL- Congressman Jesús “Chuy” Garcia issued the following statement on the passing of civil rights hero John Lewis:

“Last night we lost a hero, a legend, a fighter. John Lewis was an extraordinary man who exemplified the persistence of those who know the fight for justice is, as he said, not the fight of one day, but the struggle of a lifetime.  

“We all know he was a central figure in the fight for civil rights. But he was also an unconditional ally in the fight for the rights of immigrants. He firmly believed the United States immigration system should reflect our nation’s commitment to justice, decency and human rights. 

“Our country is much better off because of his courage and his indefatigable search for justice for all the people who couldn’t speak for themselves. 

“It was an incredible honor to serve in Congress with John Lewis. My thoughts and prayers are with his son John-Miles, his family and his staff. We will honor his life and legacy by continuing to speak up, speak out and get in good trouble. Necessary trouble.

“Rest in power, Mr. Lewis.”