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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Rep. Schneider Invites DREAMer as Guest to State of the Union

Jan 23, 2014
Press Release
Calls Passing Immigration Reform a Top Priority

Continuing his advocacy for Congress to debate comprehensive immigration reform, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) invited Estefania Garcia, a DREAMer from Highwood, to be his guest at President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday.

Garcia was born in Mexico and brought to the United States as a young child.  She graduated from college in 2013 and now works for a nonprofit organization that provides services to immigrant and underserved families in Lake County.  

Schneider invited Garcia as part of a joint effort coordinated with four members of the Illinois Delegation, Reps. Gutiérrez (IL-04), Quigley (IL-05), Schakowsky (IL-09) and Foster (IL-11), who each invited immigration advocates to the State of the Union to highlight the importance of passing comprehensive immigration reform.

“Our immigration system is broken and in urgent need of comprehensive reform now,” Schneider said. “Young, aspiring DREAMers, like Estefania, are the faces of immigration reform. Her story is just one of many that underscore the urgent need to take action now.”

Schneider is a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation that would, among other things, increase visas for skilled workers, enhance border security and provide a pathway for citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are currently living in the United States.  In August, he hosted a roundtable with community leaders to discuss the need to act now and the wide-ranging benefits of a comprehensive approach to immigration reform.

About Estefania: Estefania Garcia was born in Mexico and brought to the United States when she was only a child. A DREAMer, she applied and was approved for the deferred action program, which allows for a two-year reprieve from deportation. Estefania graduated from Lake Forest College in 2013 with a double major in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in business. She currently lives in Highwood and works for Mano a Mano, an important nonprofit organization that provides social, educational and career services to immigrant and underserved families in Lake County.