Border & Homeland Security

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...

Rep. Cuellar, Senator Cornyn, Rep. Torres Small, Senator Heinrich and Texas Representatives Introduce Reauthorization of Donations Acceptance Program

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Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) announce plans to introduce the Donations Acceptance Program Reauthorization Act of 2020. The Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) enables U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to e...

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...

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...

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...

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...