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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CHICAGO – “I praise President Obama for his bold announcement on immigration this evening. I’m very grateful that he has decided to use his legal authority to protect families in my district and around the country who want nothing more than to keep their families together and work hard to achieve the American dream.
Washington, DC – This week, Rep. Jan Schakowsky joined dozens of other members of the House of Representatives in cosponsoring H.R. 606, a resolution recognizing the month of June as Immigrant Heritage Month, and honoring the accomplishments and role of immigrants in shaping the history and culture of the United States. She released the following statement:
Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2012) — Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after the Supreme Court declared three out of four key provisions of Arizona's SB 1070 unconstitutional:
"I am pleased that the Supreme Court struck down three out of the four key provisions of Arizona's dangerous immigration law. The ruling shows that the Obama Administration was right to challenge the law's constitutionality and reaffirms the notion that the federal government should frame immigration law, not states.
Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2012) — Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) released the following statement following President Obama's announcement to halt under executive order deportations of certain young people who were brought to the United States as children and do not present a risk to national security:
HR 5331 - Violence Against Immigrant Women Act of 2012