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El Paso Times: US Rep. Veronica Escobar leads Texas congressional delegation tour of Afghan refugee site

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By Anthony Jackson Texas lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday toured the site on Fort Bliss where Afghan refugees are being housed. U.S. Reps. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso; Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston; and Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, toured the Fort Bliss Doña Ana County Range Complex, dubbed Doña Ana Village, where nearly 10,000 Afghan refugees are housed. Their visit came more...

El Paso Times: Escobar: First draft of Texas congressional map a 'slap in the face' to El Pasoans

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By Anthony Jackson Newly proposed district maps for Texas' congressional districts could separate Fort Bliss and the El Paso International Airport from future El Paso representatives. On Monday, Texas Republicans filed the first draft of a new state congressional map with the Texas Legislative Council that suggested moving Fort Bliss to the 23rd U.S. Congressional District, represented by U.S. Rep...

KTSM: U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar honored by ‘ELLE’ magazine as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month

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By Erin Coulehan El Paso’s own Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) is being honored by one of the world’s leading women’s publications. Escobar was named one of ELLE’s “Nine Latinx Women Changing the World” as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Other honorees include actress Rachel Zegler, author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, athlete SIlvia Vasquez-Lavado, and more. “Her experience naviga...

Politico: House committee bars private funding for National Guard deployments

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By Paul McLeary and Connor O’Brien The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday voted to block states from using private funds to pay for National Guard deployments to other states, just months after one governor accepted private donations to send Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. During its deliberations on the annual National Defense Authorization Act, the panel approved the proposal fr...

El Paso Times: 'Resilient and joyful': Rep. Veronica Escobar meets Afghan refugee families at Fort Bliss

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By Anthony Jackson and Lauren Villagran About 1,200 Afghan refugees landed at Fort Bliss on Wednesday, many with hopes for a new life in the United States and fears for those left behind in a country in turmoil, according to U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso. The congresswoman said she toured the refugee shelter on Wednesday at Fort Bliss, which will take in up to 10,000 evacuees. It's one of ...

KTSM: Escobar leads effort to bolster infectious disease monitoring, support border health initiatives

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By Erin Coulehan Border state lawmakers are working together to pass legislation that would expand and enhance public health initiatives. On Monday, U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) led legislators in introducing H.R. 4812 — the Border Health Security Act — that would strengthen multi-country efforts to screen for infectious diseases, while also providing support for crucial public health init...

The Hill: Public lands that look like America

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By Rep. Veronica Escobar and Mark Magaña For more than a century, conservationists fought to protect our wide-open American spaces from the degradation of humanity. This movement established what many called America’s Best Idea, but also reproduced many of the inequalities we see so clearly in so many of our institutions — our federally protected lands, waters, and oceans have for too long been ov...

NBC: Bill would award WWI Latino soldier Marcelino Serna the Medal of Honor

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By Suzanne Gamboa At a time when states are restricting the teaching of racism in U.S. history, Rep. Veronica Escobar is calling for a correction of the bigotry that denied a Mexican American World War I hero the nation’s highest military honor. Escobar, a Texas Democrat, has introduced legislation that would authorize President Joe Biden to posthumously award Marcelino Serna, considered the most ...

The New York Times Op-Ed: Solving the Migrant Crisis Means Going Beyond Our Border

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By Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Many Republicans are eager to blame President Biden for the increase in families and children arriving at the border, but the truth is that this is not a new phenomenon. Since 2014, as Central American migrants have come, generous border communities like El Paso have ensured that they are safe and cared for. Meanwhile, the rest of the country wrings its hands, pol...

El Paso Times: US Rep. Veronica Escobar works to bring FEMA COVID-19 vaccination site to El Paso

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By Aaron Martinez March 11, 2021 Efforts led by U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar to bring a federal vaccination site to El Paso could result in the area getting thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses per day. President Joe Biden announced soon after he was sworn in that he would use the Federal Emergency Management Agency to bring vaccination sites to areas across the country. "Early on we learned that th...

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