FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           PRESS CONTACT:

February 6, 2015                                                                                                     Brenda Rangel 956.564.1527


PRESS RELEASE: Vela Statement on Violence in Mexico


Brownsville, Texas  – Today, U.S. Representative Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, released the following statement:


“I don’t understand what it is going to take for the Administrations in Mexico City and Washington, D.C., to take action to address the violence in Tamaulipas. More killings? More kidnappings? More missing Americans?


“Once again, I ask both Administrations to move swiftly to create the same special secure economic zones on the U.S.-Mexico border that President Enrique Peña Nieto has proposed in the States of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas. The prevalence of violence in Tamaulipas requires concrete action on the part of the Mexican government. The United States should exercise its maximum diplomatic might to spur a full blown response to what is rapidly becoming an international crisis.”


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