March 5,2016

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Dear Friends,

Please find information about the work I am doing for you, both in Washington and back home in the district.

Recently, I asked questions of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske at U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee hearings about Operation Phalanx and the sharp increase in Cuban migrants coming to our southern border, mainly through Laredo. These are issues that I believe deserve great attention.

I also discussed at a hearing with Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx about how the Department will ensure we invest in border infrastructure.

The Laredo delegation visited me in Washington to discuss opportunities for growth and expansion on the border.

The 2016 STEM Alliance took place this past week at Texas A&M International University. This is an annual event TAMIU and I organize to expose middle and high school students about the promising careers in STEM fields.

You can also view the work my office is doing in the district to better serve you.


Speaking with DHS Secretary Johnson about Cuban migrants and Operation Phalanx

On Feb. 25, I spoke at the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee and asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about ‪ the sharp increase in Cuban migrants to the U.S. southern border and Operation Phalanx.


Speaking with CBP Commissioner Kerlikowske about fighting crime, trade efficiency and other topics

Last Wednesday, I attended a Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing for U.S. Customs And Border Protection, where I asked about Operation Phalanx, assistance to Mexico and Central America in fighting crime, trade efficiency and other topics. I also got the chance to meet personally with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske.


Speaking about border infrastructure with Transportation Secretary Foxx at T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee

Last Wednesday, I attended the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, where I asked U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx about how the Department will ensure we invest in border infrastructure, ensure that new freight funding goes to important freight corridors like IH-35 between San Antonio and Laredo, and what next steps the Department will be taking to work with international and local counterparts on congestion at rail crossings and to advance plans for passenger rail from Texas to Mexico.


Congressional Humane Bond Caucus

Last week in Washington, I attended the Congressional Briefing on the Healing Power of the Human-Animal Bond and reviewed research on cancer in children and animals.


Meeting with Laredo Delegation in D.C.

I met with the leaders from Laredo in Washington this week to discuss legislative updates, transportation funding and other important topics for the growth and development of the border.


Speaking about the importance of voting


On Wednesday, I spoke to Hispanic news outlet NTN24 about the importance of voting and the role of the Hispanic vote.


Constituent Services Representative Naturalization by USCIS
On Feb. 26, my San Antonio office attended the naturalization ceremony of my constituent services representative for Bexar County, Nadia Islam (second from right). My office regularly helps with citizenship issues. Pictured from left to right are outreach coordinator Gilbert Lafuente, chief of staff Cynthia Gaona, Nadia Islam and outreach coordinator Pete Arguello.


2016 STEM Alliance in Laredo

Last week, middle and high school students from around Webb County and South Texas attended the 2016 TAMIU STEM Alliance, where they learned about the careers of professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Every year Texas A&M International University and I host this program to expose our young people to the promising careers in STEM fields.


On Feb. 28, I spoke to high school junior girls from around South Texas about the importance of STEM fields at Texas A&M International University during the Gear Up IV Mission Mars: Unmanned Vehicle Rescue Robotics Competition.


Meeting with Enroll RGV Health Coalition
Last week, my southern district outreach coordinator, Nichole Hernandez, attended the Enroll RGV Health Coalition, where congressional offices, the federal government and local agencies met to discuss the needs for medical care in the Valley, and a plan to get constituents the services they need.


Visiting New Medical Services in La Joya

On Feb. 24, my southern district outreach coordinator, Narda Terrones, presented a congressional certificate of recognition to Dr. Hazem Kanaan for bringing valuable medical services to constituents during the ribbon cutting for the first Obstetrics and Gynecology Health Center in the La Joya area.


Intern Spotlight
Morgan Trevino - Washington, D.C., Office

Morgan Trevino, of Abilene, Texas, is an intern at my Washington, D.C., Office and is a senior double majoring in Spanish and political science at Texas Tech University.

Morgan assists my office with legislative and constituent work. After graduation this summer, Morgan will be moving to Spain to teach English for one year through the Spanish Ministry of Education. She plans to study international law and/or disability law in the near future.

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



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Sincerely,
Henry Cuellar


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