Border & Homeland Security

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...

Rep. Cuellar’s Statement on Biden Administration Restarting the Central American Minors Program

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Washington, D.C.—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding President Biden, the Departments of State and Homeland Security (DHS) reinstating the Central American Minor (CAM) program to reunite children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras with their parents who are lawfully in the United States: “I want to thank the Biden administration for listening to bord...

Rep. Cuellar’s Statement on Migrants Being Transported to Laredo, Other Communities from the Rio Grande Valley

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Laredo, TX—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement on migrants being transported into Laredo and other border communities from the Rio Grande Valley: “The recent surge of migrant apprehensions by U.S. Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley has overwhelmed U.S Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) processing capacity, requiring the transport of migrants to Laredo and othe...

Rep. Cuellar Provides Current Migrant Apprehension Numbers in the Rio Grande Valley

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Mission, TX-- Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following apprehension data currently taking place in the United States Border Patrol - Rio Grande Valley Sector: Within the last 7 days: Approximately 10,000 migrants have been apprehended Approximately 2,500 migrants have been apprehended within the last two days “We are weeks, maybe even days, away from a crisis on the southern border...

Border Wall Construction Stopped by January 27th

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Washington, D.C.—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding the notice from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding a pause on all border wall construction activities on their self-executed projects by January 27, 2021: “This morning, as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I received notification that in accordance with President Biden’s ex...

Rep. Cuellar’s Statement on President Biden’s Day 1 Executive Orders on Immigration Policies

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Washington, D.C.—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding President Joseph R. Biden’s Day 1 Executive Orders on immigration policies. “President Biden has taken historic steps to repair the damage that border communities and immigrant families have faced these past four years. However, this is only the beginning,” said Congressman Cuellar. With a Democratic majo...

Rep. Cuellar Secures Passage of Reauthorization of Donations Acceptance Program

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Washington, D.C.— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) secured the passage of the Donations Acceptance Program Reauthorization Act of 2020 in both the House and Senate. The Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) enables U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to explore, create and facilitate partnerships for improvements on port of entry infrastructu...

Rep. Cuellar Expresses Concern on Mexico’s Legislation Curtailing Joint Security Coordination

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Washington, D.C.—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding his concerns on legislation that was quickly passed in Mexican Congress, while the United States was in the middle of a transition, that would put tough restrictions on foreign agents operating in the country, including those fighting violent transnational organizations: “I respect Mexico’s sovereignty i...

Rep. Cuellar Leads Letter Calling for the End of National Emergency and Termination of Border Wall Contracts

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Washington, D.C.-- Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) led a congressional letter to President-Elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., calling his administration to rescind the national emergency declaration and reprogrammed funding; direct the Department of Justice to dismiss all condemnation suits; terminate for convenience all current and pending Army Corps of Engineer contracts; and rescind Homeland Security...