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A Bipartisan Fix for the H-2B Visa Program

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When local help-wanted ads go unfilled, the federal H-2B visa program provides access to temporary seasonal labor for small and seasonal businesses. The effects are broad—the visa program benefits workers, consumers and local economies. As the editorial board correctly highlights, however, the program is plagued by chronic oversubscription, which causes perennial worker shortages. Fortunately, we ...

Opportunity Zone Magazine Top 25 Policy Influencers

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Opportunity Zone Magazine is pleased to announce the Top 25 Opportunity Zone Policy Influencers. The distinguished winners support, advocate for or help draft Opportunity Zone legislation and additional incentives to help communities in need. Howard W. Buffett President, Global Impact Howard W. Buffett is the President of Global Impact LLC, an advisory firm utilizing a new data analytics technolog...

CNN: Pressure mounts on Biden administration to lift restrictions on US borders

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(CNN)A group of mayors recently pressed US immigration officials on Covid-19-related travel restrictions that remain in effect and threaten to further hurt their local economies. The question on their minds: Why has cross-border travel, which has been suspended for more than a year, not been allowed to resume? Officials didn't have an answer. "If the government does not want to lift those restric...

RIO GRANDE GUARDIAN: Nuevo León governor: Monterrey to San Antonio rail line will boost border security

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The governor-elect of Nuevo León says developing a high-speed passenger train between San Antonio and Monterrey will help improve security for border crossers. Samuel Garcia Sepulveda was in Washington, D.C., this week to develop partnerships and find funding sources for mobility projects. The trip was coordinated with the help of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo. In addition t...

Vaccine tourists from Mexico City help Texas town economy

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas — A Texas border city hopes to stimulate its hurting economy through “vaccine tourism,” an initiative that allows Mexican citizens to fly in, get their coronavirus vaccine, and potentially spend big money at local businesses. Just three weeks in, local leaders are already deeming it a major success. The project rolled out as a way to help small businesses in downtown Lared...

Constituents 'Frustrated': Texas Dem Rep. Cuellar Says Biden 'Needs to Address' Border Crisis

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Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas on Monday said his constituents along the border are "frustrated" by the surge in crossings and urged the Biden administration to address the crisis. Cuellar, who represents border communities, made the remarks while discussing Vice President Kamala Harris' three-day diplomatic trip to Guatemala and Mexico on CNN's Newsroom. In April, U.S. Customs and Border ...

Congressman Cuellar addresses lifting travel restrictions

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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - City leaders, along with Congressman Henry Cuellar, discussed the latest developments happening at the southern border. Representative Cuellar spoke on the possibility of travel restrictions being lifted this month as well as the potential elimination of Title 42. He also shared his hope that the vice president’s trip to Guatemala leads to more people remaining in their home ...

The Donlon Report: How aid could combat illegal immigration; Scientist says genetic code suggests Covid came from a lab

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As migrants continue to come to the U.S. in record numbers, President Joe Biden is calling for the nation to commit $4 billion in aid to some Latin American countries. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) outlines what the U.S. government can do at the border and beyond. Plus, after a string of Russian cyber attacks against the United States, former ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman takes a look ...

SHS senior accepted into West Point

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Sharyland High School’s Matthew Worthington accepted admission to the United States Military Academy at West Point in March — an accomplishment that has been years in the making. The SHS senior had been working on his West Point application since he was a sophomore, but conversations about the school had been present throughout his childhood. Matthew Worthington courtesy photo “My dad was a captai...

Reps. Gonzales & Cuellar, Sens. Cornyn & Sinema Tour Texas-Mexico Border in Rio Grande Valley

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“America is a country built on immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws.” Texas Insider Report: McALLEN, Texas – Congressmen Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) on Wednesday joined Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) for a tour of the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley. They toured Border Patrol’s Donna Temporary Processing Center, the Department of ...