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Jun 20, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) introduced H. Res. 453, a Resolution to formally recognize June as Immigrant Heritage Month.
Jun 20, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement to mark World Refugee Day:
Jun 18, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— The Tri-Caucus – which includes the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressional Asian-Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) – called on Department of Housing (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to reverse his decision to target immigrant and mixed-status households by barring them from federal housing subsidies, which would exacerbate the affordable housing crisis and effectively evict hundreds of thousands of families. This letter follows a recent HUD policy change to deny federal housing loans to DACA recipients, which was announced by Len Wolfson last week, marking yet another expansion of the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda.
Jun 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) held a press conference to introduce the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Act, authored by Congressman Raul Ruiz MD (CA-36). This bill would establish humanitarian and health standards to ensure that immigrants in US custody are treated with dignity and respect. Below are remarks as delivered by Congressman Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus:
Jun 6, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON—After a series of meetings with the Chief Executive Officers and Presidents of insulin manufacturers last month, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is requesting that another major actor in the insulin supply chain, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) work to deliver insulin at affordable prices. CHC called on the Chief Executive Officers and Presidents of CVS Health, UnitedHealth Group, and Express Scripts Holding Company – three of the leading PBMs, who manage prescription drug benefits for 180 million Americans – to meet with the Caucus and discuss actions PBMs can take to ensure insulin is affordable to all Americans. PBMs help oversee the availability of insulin products under health insurance plans and at pharmacies by managing what drugs are placed on formularies, contracting with pharmacies, and negotiating rebates with manufacturers.
Jun 4, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement on the passage of the Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6:
May 31, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) agreed to open an investigation into the backlog of immigration cases of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) following a request from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and House Democrats to ensure that the agency was fulfilling its mandate and ensure good governance. The request was led by Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and signed by over 80 other House Democrats.
May 30, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Today, the Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (CA-37), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (CA-27) – released the following statement on recently uncovered documents from late-Republican strategist Thomas B. Hofeller and its implications on the Trump Administration’s inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census:
May 29, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Today, the Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – which is composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus – celebrated the appointment of Lonnie G. Bunch III, the current Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, as the first person of color chosen to lead the Smithsonian Institution in its 173 year history.
May 25, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Leaders called on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Director Scott Lloyd to provide answers to Congress on the death of Darlyn Valle, a 10 year old migrant from El Salvador, in HHS ORR custody. Darlyn died in September 2018. Her death was not reported to the public or Congress and only became known eight months later when the news media broke a story on her death on May 22, 2019.

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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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