More on National Security
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen Filemon Vela (TX-34), Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Pete Gallego (TX-23), and Beto O’ Rourke (TX-16) unified efforts to address the impact these automatic and arbitrary spending cuts will have in their respective districts when sequestration goes into effect this Friday, March 1.
WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) released a statement arguing that an arbitrary declaration of a border security “trigger” should not be attached to immigration reform. The current proposal by Senator Marco Rubio includes this so-called “trigger,” only allowing immigration reform when a declaration of border security has been achieved.
“Reforming the immigration system is one of the most critical challenges facing our nation. With millions living in the shadows and with families divided by outdated and arbitrary policies, we must restore balance and fairness to immigration laws. For our national and economic security, we must pursue policies that allow us to account for those who live and work in this country, and we must allow individuals to earn the opportunity to apply for citizenship.
Brownsville, Texas – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela of the 34th District of Texas and State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) received a briefing and tour given by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection regarding ongoing efforts to secure the border.
Brownsville, Texas – Late last week, Congressman Filemon Vela of the 34th District of Texas was appointed to serve on the House Homeland Security Committee during the 113th Congress by the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. On Thursday, January 10, Congressman Vela will receive a full briefing from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding ongoing efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border as well as other efforts being spearheaded by Customs and Border Protection and other key federal agencies.