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April 17, 2015                                                                                                   Brenda Rangel 956.564.1527


Vela Statement on Recent Acts of Violence in Reynosa, Mexico


Brownsville, Texas -- U.S. Representative Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, issued the following statement today on recent acts of violence reported in Reynosa, Mexico:


"I fully support Mexican government efforts to eliminate the criminal actors who have destabilized our neighboring cities of Matamoros and Reynosa. Bringing peace and security to these towns, to which so many of us are historically connected, is critical to our joint regional desire for economic prosperity on both sides of the border. It is not an easy task, but we cannot relent. I will continue to urge Washington leadership to give full diplomatic support to achieve full success in this vital mission."