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, Representative Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement in response to the ICE raids that are taking place across the United States:
Hoy, la Representante Jan Schakowsky emitió la siguiente declaración en respuesta a las redadas de ICE que se llevaron a cabo a través de los Estados Unidos:
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after voting against H.R. 158, the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015. The legislation was also opposed by: The American Civil Liberties Union, National Immigration Law Center, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Council on American-Islamic Relations, and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee:
Calls to ban all Muslims from entering the United States are nothing short of disgraceful and dangerous. Bigoted remarks aimed at all Muslims displays a level of intolerance that is not only harmful and divisive, but un-American. The Muslims who have immigrated to my district have added to our vibrant culture, by opening businesses and contributing to our community. The only way we defeat terrorism is by remaining true to our values, not giving into the rhetoric of fear and hate.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after voting against legislation that would block Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the United States:
“Last week’s tragic attacks in Paris and Lebanon were a horrific reminder of the threat that terrorism poses to our global community. They also showed us the importance of coming together as one community to stand strong against those who wish to rip the world apart to serve their narrow ideological ends.