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KENS 5: Advocates: High migrant-expulsion rate creating new tent cities

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The U.S.-Mexico border is a place where hope clashes with reality. Felicia Rangel-Samponaro sees that clash every day by the very nature of her job as one of the directors of The Sidewalk School for Asylum Seekers. “We are actually a rapid-response organization, which means we feed people, we house people, we give clothing, blankets, tents, sleeping bags, self-care kits, mosq...

KSAT 12: Funds available for nonprofits, agencies to be reimbursed for cost of migrant surge

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SAN ANTONIO – The migrant surge has come at a cost to the communities, nonprofits and agencies that have been helping those in their care. Starting now, they can apply for $110 million in reimbursement funds through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, of Laredo, helped secure the ESFP funding through the American Rescue Plan that goes directly to local governments and ...

KRGV: Mission family loses land over border wall ruling

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A Rio Grande Valley family is reacting after the Biden administration seized their land. For years, the Cavazos family battled the federal government over part of their land in Mission. Now, after a Monday ruling, they're getting ready to say goodbye to roughly six-and-a-half acres. The judgement said that the United States is entitled to immediate possession of the subject property—something that...

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS: Bexar County set to receive nearly $1 billion in rescue act funds

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U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar announced that nearly $1 billion of American Rescue Plan Act funds would be coming to Bexar County within the next 60 days. Area county, city and school officials gathered April 7 at Windcrest’s Takas Park Civic Center to hear the representative detail the act’s mission, the amounts each entity would receive, and the stipulations attached to its spending. Cuellar said the f...

LAREDO MORNING TIMES: Gun debate grows locally as Biden signs executive actions

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President Joe Biden on Thursday called for new executive actions on gun control and called it an “embarrassment” that the United States is one of the countries most plagued countries with mass shootings. The local party chairs provided opposing views on his actions, while Rep. Henry Cuellar falls somewhere between them. “I strongly disagree with President Biden’s actions on gun-control,” Webb Coun...

REUTERS: Border Democrats like Cuellar hold key to Biden's U.S. immigration reform

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden’s hopes of working with congressional Democrats to craft a legislative solution to the rising number of immigrant asylum seekers at the southern U.S. border will hang heavily on moderates like Texas Representative Henry Cuellar. Cuellar, one of the most conservative House Democrats, has not been shy about warning the new Biden administration that it is mo...

LAREDO MORNING TIMES: Large solar farm under construction outside Laredo secures $63 million loan from NAD Bank

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The North American Development Bank announced Wednesday the award of a $62.9 million loan to the Corazon Solar project in Webb County, a 200 megawatt solar farm under construction on 2,000 acres of a private ranch east of Laredo. The developer, BayWa r.e., also signed a credit agreement for up to $216.1 million to finance the design, construction and operation of the project. During a virtual sign...

PLEASANTON EXPRESS: Atascosa County receives $32 million in federal funds for county, cities, ISDs

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On Wednesday, March 24 Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) met with county, city and school leaders to announce $32 million in federal funds that will be distributed throughout Atascosa County for recovery efforts from the pandemic. Held at the Jourdanton Community Center, Congressman Cuellar discussed to the 50 leaders in attendance the specifics of the American Rescue Plan. He explained how the Am...

KGNS: Congressman Cuellar announces funding for LULAC

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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - Congressman Henry Cuellar announces a $12,000 grant to local LULAC councils. The grant will be distributed among the ten LULAC councils here in Laredo with a goal to help high school students pay for college expenses. One council shared it is grateful the congressman helped initiate this donation, especially during a time where it was hard to fundraise during a pandemic. “It w...

LAREDO MORNING TIMES: Congressman Cuellar announces funds for Zapata County, ZCISD

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Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, held a news conference on Thursday to announce federal funds for Zapata County. The congressman announced $2,750,000 in federal funds to Zapata County for their recovery efforts in their pandemic. Cuellar also announced $18,272,000 in federal funds for schools throughout the Zapata County Independent School District so they can work to safely reopen. “I met con...