Border & Homeland Security

Rep. Cuellar on the Lifting of the State Department’s Travel Restrictions for Mexico

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Washington, D.C.—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding U.S. State Department’s decision to lower its travel advisory for Mexico to a Level 3 ‘Reconsider Travel’ from its highest possible Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’. Read the State Department’s advisory here. This travel advisory comes days before Mexico’s foreign ministry requested from the Department of Homeland... Read more »

Rep. Cuellar Voted for Emergency Stopgap Bill Preventing USCIS Furloughs

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Washington, D.C.— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) voted for H.R. 8089, the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act, to temporarily prevent the need for furloughs by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This legislation would increase the agency’s premium processing revenues, allowing the agency to halt the immediate furloughs while also providing more reliable and expanded se... Read more »

Rep. Cuellar Successfully Fights for 100 New Immigration Judges with Support Staff to Address Backlog of Immigration Court Cases at the Southern Border

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Washington, D.C.—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) secured funding in the FY21 Appropriations bill directing the hiring of 100 new immigration judges with support staff to reduce the backlog of immigration cases at our southern border. Each immigration judge is supported by one attorney, one legal assistant, and up to two other positions (additional legal assistant, interpreter, and/or other miss... Read more »

Rep. Cuellar Fights for Eight Immigration Judges for Laredo

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Washington, D.C.—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) has fought for eight new immigration judges for Laredo, starting in the summer of 2021. Congressman Cuellar also secured funding in the FY21 Appropriations bill directing the hiring of 100 new immigration judges with support staff to reduce the backlog of immigration cases at our southern border. Each immigration judge is supported by one attorney... Read more »

Rep. Cuellar Prohibits the Use of Federal Funds for Border Wall in Spending Bills

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Washington, D.C.— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) successfully fights border wall construction securing language in multiple fiscal year 2021 Appropriations bills that prohibits any use of federal funding for additional border wall construction. The Congressman also secured language in the fiscal year 2021 Homeland Security Appropriations bill prohibiting construction of border barriers within h... Read more »

Rep. Cuellar Secures $27.4 Million for a New Air and Marine Hangar Facility in Laredo

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Washington, D.C.—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) secured $27.4 million for a new Air and Marine Operations (AMO) hangar facility in Laredo, TX in the fiscal year 2021 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. This new facility will include administrative, operational, and hangar space; aircraft and vehicle parking; and other necessary site improvements to meet CBP’s mission. The hangar facility wil... Read more »

Rep. Cuellar Announces Over $3.9 Million in Federal Funds for San Antonio’s Homeland Security Preparedness

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San Antonio, TX— Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced that the City of San Antonio will receive a $3.5 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY20 Urban Area Security Initiative to expand and improve homeland security preparedness. In addition, non-profits in the San Antonio area have received $424,380 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Secur... Read more »

Rep. Cuellar Announces Over $4.9 Million in Federal Funding to Support Border Security Operations in Hidalgo County

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Mission, TX—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $4,909,500 in federal funds for Hidalgo County through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Stonegarden Grant Program (OPSG). The Stonegarden Program increases operational capabilities of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The funds for Hidalgo County will support law enforcement through funding equipment, ove... Read more »

Rep. Cuellar Announces Over $2.2 Million in Federal Funding to Support Border Security Operations in Starr County

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Rio Grande City, TX—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $2,276,857 in federal funds for Starr County through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Stonegarden Grant Program (OPSG). The Stonegarden Program increases operational capabilities of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The funds for Starr County will support law enforcement through funding equipment,... Read more »

Rep. Cuellar Announces Over $3.8 Million in Federal Funding to Support Border Security Operations in Webb County

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Laredo, TX—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $3,805,000 in federal funds for Webb County through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Stonegarden Grant Program (OPSG). The Stonegarden Program increases operational capabilities of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The funds for Webb County will support law enforcement through funding equipment, over-time ... Read more »