Press Release

Rep. Cuellar: “I will fight the border wall”

Congressman meets with Laredo constituents to discuss wall construction

Washington | Charlotte Laracy, DC Press Secretary (202-226-1583); Leslie Martinez, District Press Secretary (956-286-6007), November 18, 2019

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) the Vice Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, met with Melissa Cigarroa, Board President of The Rio Grande International Study Center, as well as Laredo constituents to discuss Trump Administration’s efforts to seize private Texas lands, including Eli Jackson Cemetery, for the construction of the border wall.


“The Trump Administration is disregarding the rights of Texas landowners in order to build a wall that Congress has continuously refused to fund,” said Congressman Cuellar. “We cannot allow the construction of the border wall, which will destroy cultural and historical landmarks and upend the lives of South Texans.”


“This year, I have worked hard to secure language, prohibiting any new Southwest border wall construction in four separate House passed funding bills.”


“As the Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I will continue to ensure that no funding bill includes any money for the construction for the border wall. I am committed to working with the people of my district, to do everything in my power to protect our community, our land, and our rights from the border wall.”


Congressman Cuellar’s hard-fought language in the FY20 Homeland Security Appropriations bill prohibits the use of funds to construct fencing in the following locations:

·         Within the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge;

·         Within the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park;

·         Within La Lomita Historical Park;

·         Within the National Butterfly Center;

·         Within or east of the Vista del Mar Ranch tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge; or

·         Within historic cemeteries.

Click here to see Congressman Cuellar speak on the Homeland Security Appropriation Subcommittee bill.

Click here to see Congressman Cuellar’s legislation to stop border wall construction.

Click here to see Congressman Cuellar’s prohibitions on border wall funding in FY20 Appropriation bills.


Congressman Cuellar and Chairwoman of Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) met with Melissa Cigarroa, Board President of The Rio Grande International Study Center, as well as Carlos Flores, an attorney in Laredo, to discuss wall construction on the Southwest border.