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 


More on Immigration

July 30, 2019 Video

During the Congressional Progressive Caucus' Special Order Hour on Immigration, I shared an update about a situation that happened at O'Hare Airport that involved 3 children who are U.S. Citizens.

June 21, 2019 Press Release

ICE Enforcement Actions Anticipated

According to the President, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) plans to conduct immigration enforcement operations around the country. The operation is expected to target families and young adults who entered the United States as unaccompanied children.

June 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, made the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act:

“As a first generation American and daughter of immigrants, I am so proud to have cosponsored, voted for, and help pass the American Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6. This legislation ensures that Dreamers, Temporary Protective Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients are protected from detention and deportation and have a pathway to U.S. citizenship.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, made the following statement after the Trump Administration released a plan to update our nation’s immigration system to a merit-based system:

March 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, and Vice-Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, released the following statement: