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America is a nation of immigrants; it always has been and always will be. I’m proud of my heritage, including ancestors from Cameroon, Ireland and Ukraine.

While our nation has a proud immigrant heritage, our current immigration system is fundamentally broken. In 2014, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators passed a plan to address the system’s failures while enhancing border security and anti-human trafficking efforts. The legislation passed the Senate and was supported by President Obama, but the then-GOP House Speaker refused to allow the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on this bipartisan and broadly supported plan. In the years since, the failures of our current system have continued to mount while finger pointing has prevented commonsense, bipartisan action on the critical issue.

I believe that any solution must be comprehensive and the 2014 deal is a good starting point for future efforts. In Congress, I’m working to:

  • Create a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, young people who know no country but America,
  • End family separation entirely and permanently,
  • Comprehensively reform our broken immigration system to ensure new Americans can continue contributing to our nation’s success and families remain together, and
  • Enhancing border security at all ports of entry with a focus on innovative technological applications.

If you are a resident of the Second Congressional District with an open and active case before USCIS, my office may be able to offer assistance. Please connect with my District Offices for more information; my office cannot initiate cases or appeals.

More on Immigration

Sep 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02) today released the following statement regarding the reported mistreatment of Haitian migrants at the U.S. Southern border:

Aug 26, 2020 Press Release

SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, along with U.S. Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL-04) and Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) today called on the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to work together to immediately facilitate access to the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), including meaningful remote access, to all ICE detainees in Illinois.

May 12, 2020 In The News

Hundreds of U.S. citizens in Illinois who file taxes with a spouse who lacks a Social Security number are seeking to join a class action lawsuit against the Trump administration for being excluded from receiving stimulus checks under the CARES Act.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act enabled the IRS to hand out $1,200 to Americans earning up to $75,000 a year, $2,400 to married couples who jointly file and make less than $150,000 year, and another $500 for every child under the age of 17.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement concerning the White House’s immigration proposal supposedly crafted by Presidential son-in-law, Jared Kushner:

“This plan is dead on arrival and not even worth the paper it’s printed on.

Instead of recognizing and celebrating our nation’s rich immigrant heritage – something that should be close to this President’s heart given his mother and wife are both immigrants, this White House has instead decided to pander to its hardline base.

Feb 5, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement following President Trump’s State of the Union Address:

“Tonight, the President had an opportunity to lay out an agenda for all Americans. While many elements of his speech are deeply disturbing, I hope that we can find ways to work with the White House and Senate to deliver real results for the American people.

As with all things concerning President Trump, the question isn’t ‘what he said,’ rather ‘is that what he’s going to do?’ We’ll have to wait and see……


Jun 19, 2018 Press Release

Matteson, IL – La congresista Robin Kelly emitió las siguientes declaraciones sobre las acciones actuales de la administración del presidente Trump de separar a las familias en la frontera sur:

“Esta llamada ‘política’ del presidente Donald J. Trump es simplemente cruel e inmoral.

“Como madre, es repugnante ver que las familias están siendo separadas para que esta administración pueda usar a estos niños inocentes para ejercer presión política.

“Haré todo en mi poder para poner un fin inmediato a esta política anti-estadounidense, cruel e inmoral.”

Feb 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – For President Trump’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress, Congresswoman Robin Kelly will be joined by a member of the media and a leader in the fight to protect women’s access to healthcare.

“My guests are leaders in the opposition to the Republicans’ War on Women and the President’s War on the First Amendment,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “Our nation is at a critical crossroads. I could not think of two more appropriate guests for this vital moment in our history.”

Robin Kelly



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