March 26, 2016

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Dear Friends,

The tragic news this week from Brussels reminds us that we must remain vigilant and strong amidst new and real threats around the world. My thoughts go out to the victims of those senseless and cowardly attacks in Belgium.

During this Easter break, I hope you share quality time and good memories with your family and loved ones.

Below, please find information about the work I am doing for you, both in Washington and in the district.

Last week I met with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sara Saldaña during a Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to discuss the agency's hiring process and issues regarding transparency in immigration facilities and increased numbers of unaccompanied immigrant minors at the southern border.

I also met with Center for Disease Control and Prevention Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat to discuss Zika virus prevention, representatives from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in D.C. to discuss U.S.-Israeli relations, and representatives from health care industries in my district.

In this issue you'll also find outreach efforts from my offices in the district and warnings on how to avoid IRS scams during this tax season.

As always, thank you for your time and please reach out to any of my offices if you need help with a federal issue.

Meeting with ICE Director Saldaña during Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing

On March 17, at a Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, I spoke with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña (center) to discuss the hiring process, transparency in immigration facilities and increases in family units and unaccompanied immigrant minors crossing into the United States. I also met with Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, ranking member of the subcommittee, pictured at right.

Meeting with CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat About Zika Virus Prevention

On March 22, I met Dr. Anne Schuchat (pictured), principal deputy director of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Karyn Richman, Deputy director of CDC's Washington, D.C. office, to discuss updates and prevention methods for the Zika virus, especially in the southern United States.

Meeting with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in D.C.

On March 22, I met with representatives from The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in D.C. to discuss U.S .- Israeli relations. Pictured from left to right are Brad Greenblum, Jennifer Greenblum, Charles Mario Henry, myself, Mario Jason, Madeline Jason and Alisa Abecassis. AIPAC was holding its annual policy conference in Washington this week.

Meeting with CentroMed Representatives About Providing Health Care to Under-Served Communities

Last week, I met with CentroMed representatives Rudy Peña, ISA,  G.G., treasurer; Ernesto Gomez, President & Chief Executive Officer; and Elmo Lopez Jr., CEO of Gateway Community Center about providing primary care in under-served communities in my district.

Meeting with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores in D.C.

On March 17, I met with Christie Boutte of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Douglas E. Read, director of pharmacy compliance and regulatory affairs at H-E-B, and Tracy Benavides, pharmacy solutions contact center manager at H-E-B to discuss their role as a provider of healthcare services and consumer products.

American Legion Post 59 Dedication Ceremony in Laredo
On March 16, my outreach coordinator for Webb, Zapata and La Salle counties, Alec Martinez, presented a congressional certificate and a flag flown over the Capitol to the Leyendecker family and veterans during the dedication ceremony of American Legion Post 59 in Laredo.

U.S. Border Patrol Change of Command Ceremony in McAllen
Last month, my southern district outreach coordinator, Nichole Hernandez, met with the U.S. Border Patrol, Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr., during the Change of Command ceremony in McAllen to discuss issues regarding border security and community involvement.

Intern Spotlight
Alex Franklin  - San Antonio District Office

Alex Franklin is an intern in my San Antonio District Office where he assists with constituent casework and other duties. He is originally from Aurora, Colorado, and is currently a junior majoring in political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. After graduation, he plans to obtain a master's degree in political science and hopes to work as a congressional staffer.

Read more about Alex and other interns in my offices here.

IRS Imposter Scams -

This video from the Internal Revenue Service shows you how to spot scammers who pretend to be IRS officials to get you to send them money.

Learn more about IRS imposter scams from this FTC infographic:

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