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Aug 13, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Yesterday, the Trump Administration released its new public charge rule, which will expand the definition of who is considered a “public charge” and make it more difficult for immigrants to come to the United States or receive green cards if they are likely to use certain benefits they are legally entitled to such as Medicaid, housing assistance, and nutrition assistance. The Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Judy Chu (CA-27), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Karen Bass (CA-37), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20) – released the following statement on the final public charge rule:
Aug 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Today, the Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (CA-37), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (CA-27) – released the following statement on the rise in hate crimes and domestic terrorism under President Trump on the second anniversary of Heather Heyer’s passing. Heyer was a civil rights activist who was killed during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Aug 12, 2019 Press Release
SAN ANTONIO — Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s new public charge rule, which will deny green cards to immigrants who use or may use public benefits they are legally entitled to such as housing assistance, health programs and nutrition assistance:
Aug 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Leadership called on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matt Ablence to answer for the massive workplace ICE raid in Mississippi last week. The raid resulted in nearly 700 arrests and left communities in chaos; ICE did not provide sufficient warning to school districts, resulting in crying children left alone at schools, administrators scrambling to care for their students, and traumatized families.
Aug 7, 2019 Press Release
SAN ANTONIO — Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement on the series of ICE raids in food processing plants across Mississippi resulting in the detention of over 680 people this morning:
Aug 5, 2019 Press Release
SAN ANTONIO — Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s comments on the shooting in El Paso, Texas:
Aug 3, 2019 Press Release
SAN ANTONIO — Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement on the shooting in El Paso, Texas and reports linking the shooter to an anti-immigrant manifesto:
Jul 31, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Leadership called on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli to meet with the Caucus to discuss his leadership of the agency. During his short tenure thus far, Cuccinelli has used USCIS resources to support President Trump’s deportation agenda, called on his staff to “volunteer” their time on ICE activities, and undermined this service-oriented agency to further the President’s political agenda. At the same time, the USCIS immigration case backlog has exceeded 2.3 million, clearly demonstrating that resources are needed for the agency’s primary purpose.
Jul 30, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Leaders called on Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, to increase diversity of staff and leadership in the Federal Reserve System to better reflect the American people and our communities of color. The CHC additionally called for specific answers and plans of action for the Federal Reserve System to address our concerns about their diversity efforts and staffing decisions.
Jul 27, 2019 Press Release
SAN ANTONIO—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement on the recent developments in Puerto Rico:

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Jan 3, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON - The new Congress opened Tuesday with the first Dominican American in Congress, the first Latina to serve in the U.S. Senate and the first Florida member of Puerto Rican descent in the House.

President-elect Donald Trump won't be sworn in until Jan. 20, but the House and Senate gaveled in by noon and new members were sworn in as part of the day's business.

Apr 29, 2016 In The News

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) together with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) are calling for $250 million in computer science funding. The funding is critical to ensuring that our nation's minority students have access to computer science courses and are competitive in today's workforce.

Jan 22, 2016 In The News

Tension between Democratic lawmakers and the White House ran high this month, as members of Congress denounced the administration’s recent immigration raids. The frustration culminated in a series of press conferences and a letter to the president. At the heart of the dispute is a question: Are Central Americans arriving in the U.S. properly treated as illegal immigrants, or refugees?

Jan 19, 2016 In The News

President Barack Obama has twice celebrated in the Rose Garden after the court saved Obamacare, and he bathed the White House in rainbow colors, claiming last year’s gay marriage legalization as a victory of his own.

There may be less for the White House to celebrate at the end of the Supreme Court term this year.

Jan 19, 2016 In The News

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will rule on the legality of President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Politicians, immigration reform groups and recipients of deferred deportation under DACA shared their reactions on social media.

Jan 19, 2016 In The News

UPDATE 12:50 p.m. EST — Presidential candidates weighed in on the Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to review President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been outspoken about his criticism of the president, said he would end Obama's orders if he is elected president.

Jan 15, 2016 In The News

The new year has brought with it a renewed effort to seize and deport undocumented immigrants and refugees. On Jan.

Jan 13, 2016 In The News

More than 140 members of Congress has signed and published a letter to President Barack Obama demanding an immediate end to his administration's deportation raids.

Jan 13, 2016 In The News

Remember that dustup over Donald Trump's hosting of NBC's Saturday Night Live Nov. 7?

 

Latino groups were incensed. And, while you might have forgotten about the whole episode, they did not.

Jan 13, 2016 In The News

Capitol Hill Democrats are mounting an aggressive campaign to denounce and disrupt new Homeland Security deportation raids, as the issue drives a widening wedge between President Obama and his usual allies.

The Department of Homeland Security raids began over the Christmas holiday season and resulted in the initial detention of 121 illegal immigrants, many from Central America.

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