Border & Homeland Security

Cuellar Statement in Response to DHS Ruling Making DACA a Federal Regulation as of Oct. 31

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Washington, DC—U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ruling to make DACA permanent: “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 working and contributing over $6 billion to the annual GDP.…

Rep. Cuellar Announces $2.5 Million for New Rio Grande City Emergency Shelter

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RGC Shelter

Rio Grande City, Texas— U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) held a press conference to announce a $2,509,264 federal earmark to construct the new Rio Grande City Public Safety Building and Emergency Shelter. The grant will cover approximately 35% of the total $7.1 million project. The remaining 65% will be funded by the city. The shelter will consolidate police, fire,…

Rep. Cuellar Announces Arrival of Equipment for Dredging of Falcon Lake

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Falcon Lake Dredging Machine

Zapata, TX—Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced the arrival of the necessary equipment to begin the dredging of Falcon Lake. The dredging of the lake will help ensure continued access to this critical water supply for the people of Zapata County and the surrounding areas. The project will begin at the Siesta Shores Water Control and Improvement District (WCID). The…

Rep. Cuellar Announces Federal Investment for Binational River Park Project

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Laredo, TX – U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced that he secured $2 million in community project funding for the Rio Grande International Study Center (RGISC) and the City of Laredo to restore a segment of the Rio Grande River—Laredo’s only source of drinking water—and address key challenges that threaten water security through invasive species management and…

Rep. Cuellar Secured $1 Million for Human Trafficking Research Program at TAMIU

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Laredo, TX—Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced that he secured $1,000,000 for Texas A&M International University to conduct a human trafficking research and curriculum development program. Through this program, TAMIU will conduct research to produce an evidence-based curricula to enhance post-secondary degree programs for future educators and…

Cuellar Announces Major Funding Increases for CBP, ICE in FY23 Homeland Security Appropriations Legislation

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Washington, DC — U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, worked with the wider committee to approve its fiscal year 2023 funding bill. The bill includes increased funding for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some of the funding will be used to hire…

Rep. Cuellar Announces Federal Investment Request for Binational River Park Project

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Laredo, TX – U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced that he requested $2 million in community project funding for the Rio Grande International Study Center (RGISC) and the City of Laredo to restore a segment of the Rio Grande River—Laredo’s only source of drinking water—and address key challenges that threaten water security through invasive species management and…

El Representante Cuellar Anuncia Solicitud de Inversión Federal para Proyecto del Parque Binacional del Rio

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Laredo, TX – El Congresista de EE.UU. Henry Cuellar (TX-28) anunció que solicitó $2 millones en fondos para proyectos comunitarios para el Centro de Estudios Internacionales del Río Grande (RGISC) y la Ciudad de Laredo para restaurar un segmento del Río Grande, el único río de Laredo. fuente de agua potable y abordar los desafíos clave que amenazan la seguridad del agua a través del…

Rep. Cuellar Sends Letter to Governor Abbott Urging the Halt of Duplicative Inspections at Texas Ports of Entry

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 Laredo, Texas—Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) urging him to immediately cease the duplicative inspections at Texas land ports of entry. The secondary inspections have caused major roadway backups at arteries connecting the United States and Mexico. These backups have resulted in a 35%-60% drop in commercial traffic,…

Rep. Cuellar Secures $2 Million Earmark for Housing Repairs in Colonia Communities in Zapata and Webb Counties

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Zapata, TX – Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $2,000,000 in federal funding for NeighborWorks Laredo to perform housing repairs in colonia communities in Zapata and Webb Counties. The funds will support the weatherization of over 110 homes of low-income families with the aim of providing them with a reduction in energy costs during the hot summer…