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Filemon Vela

Representing the 34 District of Texas

PRESS RELEASE: Vela leads Democrats in Bipartisan Passage of the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act

May 23, 2017
Press Release
PRESS RELEASE: Vela leads Democrats in Bipartisan Passage of the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act 
 
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) led Democrats in the floor debate of H.R. 1370, the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul. H.R. 1370 codifies the Blue Campaign, the unified Department of Homeland Security (DHS) effort to combat human trafficking. Representative Vela released the following statement in response to bipartisan passage of the bill:
 
“I was proud to lead Democrats in the floor debate of this critical legislation. As a cosponsor of the bill and as the Ranking Member of the Border and Maritime Security subcommittee, I believe it is our duty to do whatever it takes to stop the illegal and immoral smuggling of innocent people. Each year, an estimated 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States and almost half of those individuals are children. DHS’ Blue Campaign has proven an effective mechanism through which DHS and its law enforcement partners collaborate to dismantle human trafficking networks across the country and bring perpetrators to justice."
 
A video of Rep. Vela managing debate on H.R. 1370 on the House Floor can be viewed here
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