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  • Rep Cuellar (D-TX) on Trump's immigration comments
    Posted in Press Release on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    In response to President Trump’s remarks at the joint session of Congress, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) said, “We do need to enforce our laws, and criminals should be deported. However, undocumented immigrants are not a major threat to our nation. The number of undocumented people in the U.S. has fallen in the last decade, and they are no more likely to commit crimes here than people with legal status. We should not waste law enforcement time and tear apart peaceful communities, deporting milita... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar: Protect Military Families from Deportation
    Posted in Press Release on February 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Veterans, Border & Homeland Security

    "Our military families are examples of resilience and sacrifice for all of us to follow. Out of respect for their service, and to preserve military readiness, until recently we protected them regardless of immigration status through the Parole in Place program, by giving them a chance to apply for a green card while living in the United States. It's common decency and common sense: how could a soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine focus on their duty, when their spouse or child could be deported at... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar: Pres.’s Anti-Immigrant Hysteria
    Posted in Press Release on February 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    Congressman Cuellar responded to reports of an internal Department of Homeland Security memo exploring the possibility of using National Guard troops as a domestic deportation force: “If accurate, this draft proposal by Secretary Kelly, as reported by the Associated Press, is unacceptable. First, this is part of an alarming pattern from President Trump and his Cabinet, of disrespect for American values and institutions like posse comitatus. Second, undocumented immigrants are not a major threat ... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar: Investigate White House Ties to Russia
    Posted in Press Release on February 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) called on his colleagues to investigate ties between the Russian government and the Trump administration: “Congress has a duty to defend our national security, and to hold the Executive Branch accountable. My colleagues must open an immediate investigation into the Trump administration’s relationships to Russia and the Kremlin, before and after the recent election. The Russian government is no friend of Americans. Just yesterday, they violated their treaty... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Helps Secure $560,000 to Fight Zika in Laredo and Zapata
    Posted in Press Release on February 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Health Care, Appropriations

    This afternoon, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced the allocation of $560,000 in federal funding to fight the Zika virus on the border. Congressman Cuellar (D-TX-28) announces $560,000 in federal funds to the City of Laredo Thursday to help with Zika prevention and management. Pictured from left to right are Robert Eads, City of Laredo Asst. City Manager; Dr. Hector Gonzalez, City of Laredo Health Department Director; Cynthia Collazo, Deputy City Manager; Pete Saenz, Laredo Mayor; Con... Read more

  • Border Congressmen Secure $560,000 to Fight Zika in Hidalgo County
    Posted in Press Release on February 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Health Care, Appropriations

    This afternoon, Congressmen Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), Filemon Vela (D-TX-34), and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15) announced the allocation of $560,000 in federal funding to fight the Zika virus on the border. “I fought for these federal funds so our community can invest in proven prevention methods,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar. “Zika virus infections have been reported here in our border communities, so vigilance is more important than ever. Now, our local officials have the resources they need to protec... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Meets with Mexican Officials, Business Leaders in Mexico City to Discuss U.S.-Mexico Relations
    Posted in Press Release on January 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Border & Homeland Security , Health Care

    Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) on Friday met with Mexican leaders, senators and businessmen in Mexico City to discuss the U.S.-Mexico relations and the importance of trade between the two countries. “During his first week on the job, President Trump has caused serious concerns for U.S.-Mexico relations with the announcement of his intent to build a giant border wall and tax all U.S. imports from Mexico,” Congressman Cuellar said. “The President’s idea of a wall is not only extremely costly ... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Appointed to Key Appropriations Subcommittees
    Posted in Press Release on January 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations

    Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), the only Democrat appointed to the powerful House Committee on Appropriations from Region 6 which consists of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, was appointed to the Defense Subcommittee and will continue his role on the Homeland Security Subcommittee for the 115th Congress, rising to the second ranking member position. As a member of the Defense Subcommittee, Congressman Cuellar will review funding for Department of Defense, as well as the Central Intelligence A... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Issues Statement Regarding End of Cuban ‘Wet Foot Dry Foot’ Policy
    Posted in Press Release on January 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) has issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision to end the Cuban “wet foot dry foot” policy: “Today I had a conversation with the Department of Homeland Security, where they informed me that effective immediately the United States will end the outdated “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy for Cuban immigrants. Ending this outdated policy is something I’ve been calling on the Administration to do and have been working on with my colleagues in Con... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Sends Letter to ICE Demanding Notification Be Given to Local Communities on the Release of Immigrants in South Texas
    Posted in Press Release on January 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) today sent a letter to the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Sarah R. Saldaña, seeking answers about the release of hundreds of asylum-seeking immigrants from family detention centers in South Texas, without notifying local communities. “Hundreds of asylum-seeking immigrants, mostly women and children from Central America, are being released from family detention centers in South Texas, where they are free to go with relatives or spon... Read more