Border & Homeland Security

COVID-19 Surge in Rio Grande Valley Comes as Over 20,000 Immigrants Arrive at Border in 1 week; 87 Border Agents Test Positive; Major NGO Shuts Down

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Washington, D.C.— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) is urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to prioritize the health and safety of border agents and border communities amidst a COVID-19 surge in the Rio Grande Valley. The migrant surge has resulted in the temporary shutdown of Catholic Charities, nearly 70 border agents testing positive for COVID-19 in...

El aumento de COVID-19 en el Valle del Río Grande se produce cuando más de 20.000 inmigrantes llegan a la frontera en una semana; 87 agentes fronterizos dan positivo; Cierra una importante ONG ?

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Washington, D.C.— El congresista Henry Cuellar (TX-28) urge al secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) de los Estados Unidos, Alejandro Mayorkas, a priorizar la salud y la seguridad de los agentes fronterizos y las comunidades fronterizas en medio de un aumento de COVID-19 en el Valle del Río Grande. El aumento de COVID-19 ha resultado en el cierre temporal de Catholic Charities, c...

Congressman Cuellar Releases Statement on the Termination of Two Laredo Sector Border Wall Contracts

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Laredo, TX—Today, U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement in response to an announcement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that the agency is terminating two Laredo Sector border wall contracts funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bill and outlined in the executive order (Presidential Proclamation 10...

Cuellar Statement in Response to Texas District Court Ruling on DACA

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Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) issued the following statement after a U.S. District Court judge ruled to invalidate the DACA initiative and halt the approval of new applications: “This weekend’s ruling is against the law. In my home state of Texas over 120,640 young people, who have known no other country, have benefited from the DACA program. Of those, over 104,959 are...

Cuellar & Miller-Meeks Introduce Bill to Improve Care for Unaccompanied Children

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Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representatives Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) introduced the Responsibility for Unaccompanied Minors Act. This bicameral and bipartisan legislation clarifies the responsibilities of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide additional protections, keep better track, and care for unaccompanied alien children (UACs). This l...

Rep. Cuellar Applauds the Redirected Border Barrier Funds, Emphasizes the Role of Congressional Appropriators

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will reprioritize the Border Barrier Funds to address and remediate urgent life, safety, and environmental issues resulting from the previous administration’s border wall construction. “As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, and Vice Chair of the Homeland Security ...

Congressman Cuellar Releases Statement in Response to Governor Abbott’s Border Declaration and the Department of Homeland Security’s Termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols Program

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) released the following statement regarding Governor Abbott’s border declaration and the Department of Homeland Security’s termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols Program (MPP): “Today, Governor Abbott announced a “disaster declaration” along Texas’s southern border. I cannot in good conscience agree with the governor’s decision - this ...

Cornyn, Sinema, Cuellar, Gonzales Introduce The Bipartisan Border Solutions Act to Address Migrant Influx at Border

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WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and U.S. Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) and Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23) today introduced The Bipartisan Border Solutions Act, their bipartisan, bicameral legislation to respond to the surge in migrants coming across our southern border. The bill would improve both the Department of Homeland Security’s and the Department of...

Reps. Cuellar and Katko Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Manage Migrant Surges

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Washington, D.C.— In response to the ongoing situation at the southwest border, Congressman. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, and Congressman John Katko (NY), lead Republican of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced the Border Surge Response and Resilience Act, which would require DHS and federal partners to establish a...

Rep. Cuellar Votes to Pass Two Historic Immigration Bills

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Henry Cuellar voted to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, and H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, two landmark pieces of legislation to modernize and reform our immigration system and secure permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are key to the economic recovery of our nation. The American Dream a...