As a first-generation American, I know firsthand the tremendous contributions immigrants have made to our nation. The 9th Congressional District of Illinois is one of the most diverse in the country. Our neighbors come from all corners of the globe, as evidenced by more than fifty languages spoken at many of our schools. As a nation and a community, we are indebted to the immigrants who came here to make a better life for their families, bringing with them their dreams, their culture, and commitment to hard work. Our diversity is our greatest strength.
My office has developed considerable expertise and success in helping constituents who are having problems with immigration issues. We work with our contacts at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to help with any problems with naturalization, work authorization, or other applications, and we regularly contact U.S. Consulates abroad to help with visa issues. We do everything we can to help reunite families and fix errors. The experts on our staff will talk with you and help as much as we can. My office has assisted more than 26,000 constituents since I've been in Congress, many of whom we have helped on immigration-related matters.
Rep. Schakowsky with organizers of the conference on Improving Health and Legal Outcomes for Immigrant Survivors
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Today, Rep. Schakowsky released the following video message to commemorate Immigrant Heritage Month, which is celebrated from June 1st through the 30th.
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky will host Suzanne Sahloul, founder and Executive Director of the Syrian Community Network, as her guest for President Trump’s address to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, February 28th. Through her organization, Suzanne has supported countless Syrian refugees resettling in the United States.
“El plan del Presidente Trump de utilizar una fuerza de deportación dirigida en contra de millones de inmigrantes ha creado miedo y pánico entre la comunidad que vive en mi distrito y alrededor del país. El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional ha proporcionado más información sobre cómo llevará a cabo las acciones ejecutivas del Presidente. Sus directivas son crueles e insensibles. Al ampliar la categoría de individuos que serán perseguidos para ser deportados, la Administración Trump separará a aún más familias- en algunos casos dejando a niños y niñas americanos sin sus padres.
"President Trump’s plans to target millions of immigrants with his deportation force have struck fear in the hearts of immigrants and their loved ones across my district and the country. The Department of Homeland Security has now detailed how it will carry out the President’s executive orders. The resulting directives are cruel and heartless. By broadening the scope of individuals targeted for deportation, the Trump Administration will tear more families apart – in some cases leaving American children without their parents.
Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals voted unanimously against reinstating President Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim Ban: