Border & Homeland Security

Rep. Cuellar Supports The Valley Land Fund in Fight to Protect the Salineño Wildlife Preserve from Border Wall

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Roma, TX—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding The Valley Land Fund’s decision to not sell the Salineño Wildlife Preserve to the Administration for border wall construction: “The Salineño Wildlife Preserve is an irreplaceable treasure on our border, hosting a population of rare birds, which Americans from across the country travel to observe. “That’s why I’ve... Read more »

Rep. Cuellar Delivers Critical Funding to Prevent Migrant Deaths along our Southwest Border

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Rescue Beacon

Washington, D.C.— Since the fiscal year 2019, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) has delivered over $7 million in federal funds to the Department of Homeland Security for rescue beacons. This technology saves the lives of immigrants who are lost or abandoned in the south Texas terrain. “Rescue beacons are critical to preventing the loss of human life along the southwest border,” said Congressman Cu... Read more »

Rep. Cuellar on DHS’ Extension of ‘Non-Essential’ Travel Restrictions to November 21st

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Laredo, TX—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at land ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border through November 21st. “Though I would have preferred that the Department of Homeland Security partially ease the restrictions on non-essential travel on October... Read more »

Cuellar, Cornyn, Border Delegation Send Bipartisan Letter Demanding DHS Plan for Re-Opening Ports of Entry

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Laredo, TX – Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and U.S. Senator John Cornyn led a bipartisan letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf expressing concern with continued travel restrictions at our southern ports of entry and demanding a plan to restore normal operations. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ, along with U.S. Representatives Will Hurd (TX-23), Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Michael M... Read more »

Rep. Cuellar’s Statement on House Victory in D.C. Court of Appeals in Border Wall Case

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Washington, D.C.—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in the case of House of Representatives v. Steve Mnuchin, et al. that the House has standing to pursue its litigation against the Trump Administration’s attempt to transfer appropriated funds to build a wall on the southern border: “The Constitution is clea... Read more »

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 »

Congressman Henry Cuellar: A Border Wall Has No Home in South Texas

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I consider myself lucky to have grown up and lived on the border, a region home to the safest cities in the nation, as well as beautiful landscapes, bountiful wildlife, and rich culture. However, the most immediate threat to our community is not from Mexico, but rather from President Trump’s fixation on building a wall along the southern border. The border wall comes with many costs, some obvious ... 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 »