Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Representing the 9th District of Illinois

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Our immigration system is broken and in desperate need of reform.  I support a comprehensive approach that strikes the right balance between securing our borders and providing a viable and humanitarian option for the over 12 million undocumented individuals currently living in the United States.  We need to create a pathway to citizenship so that undocumented immigrants can come out from the shadows, legally get jobs, learn English, pay taxes, and earn the opportunity to become American citizens.  

I oppose discriminatory ‘stop and check’ policies, or the ability for state and local law enforcement to require documentation based on how people look or how they speak. Those practices promote racial profiling, compromise equal protection under the law and have already led to credible allegations of wrongful arrests and harassment.

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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.

January 8, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, offered the following response following President Trump’s Tuesday night address:

January 4, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, offered the following statement after she cosponsored H.R. 1, the For the People Act, the House Democratic Majority’s signature legislation to strengthen democracy, get big money out of politics, and clean up Congress:

“I am proud to join Speaker Pelosi, Congressman John Sarbanes, and more than 155 other House Democrats in taking an important first step toward fulfilling our promise to strengthen our democracy.”

March 4, 2017 Press Release

              This week, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was named a Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. The Task Force, chaired by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), was formed to advance legislative priorities that ensure that our government is controlled by the people, not wealthy and well-connected interests. It will also focus on confronting the Trump Administration’s many conflicts of interest and ethical lapses.