New Illinois US Rep Delia Ramirez Is A Latina Child Of Immigrants In A Mixed Household
New Illinois U.S. Representative Delia Ramirez gives hope and pride to many Illinois immigrants. Democratic state representative Delia Ramirez made history in 2023 as the first Latina to enter the U.S. Congress from Illinois. On November 8, 2022, Delia Ramirez won Illinois’ newly redrawn 3rd District to become the first in Congress with a mixed citizenship status household. Delia’s husband holds DACA status.
Delia Ramirez is the daughter of Guatemala immigrants. Her mother was secretly pregnant with her when she crossed the Rio Grande to enter the United States and worked “multiple low-wage jobs to give her children a fighting chance to escape poverty.” Both of her parents are now U.S. citizens. Ramirez was born an American citizen.
Delia Ramirez’s husband is a Dreamer from the same Guatemala town as her parents. Ramirez married Boris Hernandez in October 2020. He came to the United States when he was 14 and is part of the Obama-era program known as DACA, short for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which granted certain young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children work permits and protection from deportation. As a mixed-citizen-status household, Ramirez and Hernandez represent many other families in Illinois and more than 22 million people in the United States who live in mixed-status families with both citizen and non-citizen parents and children.
“I’m going to be fighting to keep my husband here,and I’m a member of Congress.What happens to the other 2 million (undocumented immigrants that the DREAM Act would protect)? What happens to his brother? What happens to my best friend from high school? What happens to all of them who have no pathway, who don’t have a citizen husband or wife or partner?”
Delia Ramirez has lived in Chicago all her life and represents the newly redrawn 3rd District which covers parts of Cook and DuPage counties and will be sworn into office in 2023. She previously served as an Illinois House of Representatives member for the 4th District from 2018 to 2023. She was elected to the House in 2018 and reelected in 2020.
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