I hope everyone enjoyed their Father's Day and is staying safe and cool in this heat. The situation at our southern border has always been a source of intense political discourse. While this humanitarian crisis is very familiar to my constituents, it often gets misinterpreted in the national conversation.
That's why I sent a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris last week, inviting her to come to my district. It is critical that we address the pull factors of this immigration influx-the reasons why migrants decide to make the dangerous trek.
I want to be a resource to the administration; we can work together on solutions to mitigate illegal migration and safely reopen our land ports of entry as well as border economies.
In the district, my team stays hard at work attending local events and helping public officials and constituents.
As always, if you need assistance with a federal agency, please do not hesitate to contact one of my offices.
Fighting for Voting Rights
On Tuesday, June 15th, I with Texas State Legislators, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and members of the Texas Congressional Delegation to discuss the restrictive voting rights bills currently in the Texas State House. This is common sense--every Texan should have fast and easy access to the ballot box. I look forward to working with these legislators to ensure a safe, secure, and easily accessible election system.
San Antonio Food Bank Nutrition Discussion Program
On Friday, June 18th, I called into San Antonio Food Bank's Federal Nutrition Discussion to speak about the federal programs available to people experiencing food insecurity. We also spoke about emergency service needs. I want to thank State Senator Roland Gutierrez, and the San Antonio Food Bank, for a productive discussion on ensuring our constituents can access the resources they need in an emergency.
Father's Day in Rio Bravo
On Wednesday, June 16th, Melissa Pena, my Outreach Coordinator for Webb, Zapata, La Salle and McMullen Counties, attended Rio Bravo Community Center's Father's Day Celebration. The event, hosted by Commissioner Jesse Gonzalez, celebrated local father’s and father figures by providing brisket and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to those involved with the community center.
Texas A&M Emergency Preparedness Seminar
In the district on Tuesday, Nick Cruz, my Outreach Coordinator for Hidalgo and Starr Counties, attended Texas A&M's AgriLife Emergency Preparedness Seminar. Attendees were taught how to prepare for emergencies using nonperishable items. They also learned how to prepare a "go-bag" in case of emergency evacuations.
Ray Feo Scholarship Crowning
In the district on Friday, Margarita Morales, my Outreach Coordinator for Atascosa, Wilson and Bexar Counties, attended the Ray Feo Scholarship Crowning at the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio. The Rey Feo Scholarship, Inc (RFS) is a 501C3 non-profit, non-political organization that operates a fundraising program known as the Rey Feo, established in 1947. Two individuals are selected bi-annually for the prestigious title. Congratulations to the awardees!
Flag Recycling Day
On Monday, June 14th , Margarita Morales, my Outreach Coordinator for Atascosa, Bexar and Wilson Counties, attended Twin Creek's Insurance Flag Recycling Day. At the event, residents brought their old, worn American Flags and exchanged them for a new one to fly on Flag Day.
The retired American Flags will be burned in a proper ceremony in St. Hedwig.
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