Press Releases

July 17, 2019 Press Release
The Protecting Immigrant Gold Star and Military Families Act would prevent the Trump administration from deporting the immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans who served in active duty who were discharged in conditions other than dishonorable, and servicemembers who died in the line of duty if they have not committed a serious crime.
July 12, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, securing big wins for El Paso, tackling key threats like climate change, and protecting our American values.

July 12, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on The Trump Administration’s Child Separation Policy: Substantiated Allegations of Mistreatment. Below are the Leader’s remarks as delivered:
July 10, 2019 Press Release
According to media reports, women trainees were penalized and dismissed at significantly higher rates than their male counterparts and subjected to sexist and inappropriate comments and behavior. One trainee was discharged from the Academy for lacking emotional maturity because she disagreed with her instructor, while a male trainee who had an emotional outburst after receiving instructor critique was not sanctioned for his behavior and was allowed to graduate. Another trainee was subjected to sexually charged comments by her male instructors, including instructors stating women needed to take birth control to control their moods. Yet another trainee, an African American woman, was labeled “spaghetti head” in reference to her braids.
June 27, 2019 Press Release
“I was ready to end this inhumanity by voting for legislation that would uphold our American values and bring relief to El Pasoans during this challenging time. Unfortunately, Mitch McConnell refused to increase accountability and oversight and address our challenges at our southern border. Today, Congress should have done and could have done better.”
June 21, 2019 Press Release
“Since taking the oath of office, I have been working closely with local leaders and community advocates to ensure real steps are being taken in Congress to address El Paso’s needs during this challenging time.
June 20, 2019 Press Release
“One year ago today, President Trump signed the ‘Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation’ Executive Order, ostensibly halting separations in favor of indefinite family detention."
June 20, 2019 Press Release
“World Refugee Day comes this year at a time when President Trump and his administration continue their efforts to undermine the dignity and right to due process of thousands of children and families who are fleeing violence, poverty, and persecution.
June 19, 2019 Press Release
“On June 19, 1865, the last African Americans born into slavery received the news of freedom. Since then, generations have fought for justice and equality moving us closer toward a more perfect union.
June 7, 2019 Press Release
Congresswomen send hearing requests to Committees on Oversight and Reform, Judiciary, and Homeland Security
In their letters to the committees, the Congresswomen state, “Migrants prosecuted under [“zero tolerance”] are remanded to U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) custody, where many pregnant women are reportedly experiencing lapses in prenatal and gynecological care that endanger both them and their child.