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Escobar and Menendez Lead Bicameral Letter Urging President Biden to Take All Necessary Legal Steps to Terminate Remain in Mexico Policy

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) sent a letter with a bicameral group of lawmakers to President Biden urging him to take all necessary legal steps to terminate the Remain in Mexico policy – or the perversely named Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) – that placed tens of thousands of asylum seekers and migrants in danger.

Congresswoman Escobar Statement on Vice President Harris’ Visit to El Paso

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar issued the following statement after hosting Vice President Kamala Harris to El Paso: “El Paso – America’s new Ellis Island – was ground-zero for the Trump administration’s cruelty at the border, has had to endure the deadly consequences of anti-immigrant rhetoric, and in the face of every challenge, has responded with compassion and goodwill. It is fitting that Vice...

Representatives Escobar, Espaillat, and Garcia Reintroduce the Homeland Security Improvement Act

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), joined by Representatives Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), reintroduced H.R. 3557, the Homeland Security Improvement Act to address our nation’s immigration challenges at the southwest border in a responsible and humane manner by ensuring accountability, transparency, and oversight. The Homeland Security Improvement Act was first introduc...

Congresswoman Escobar Joins Colleagues in Introducing Bicameral Legislation to Halt Transfer of ICE Detainees

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) joined Representatives Jason Crow (CO-6) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) to reintroduce the End Transfer of Detained Immigrants Act, legislation which would immediately prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from transferring immigrant detainees between ICE facilities or to federal, state, and local prisons during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) ...

Congresswoman Escobar and Congressman Valadao Introduce Legislation to Keep American Families Together

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Congressman David Valadao (CA-21) introduced the American Families United Act. This bipartisan legislation is designed to preserve and promote family unity by amending the Immigration and Nationality Act to help millions of U.S. citizens reunite with their loved ones. The American Families United Act was introduced during the 116th Congress by Congresswom...

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...

Congresswoman Escobar Votes to Pass Two Historic Immigration Bills

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) voted to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, and H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, two landmark pieces of legislation to modernize and reform our immigration system and secure permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have been, and will continue to be, key to the economic recovery of El Pas...

Congresswoman Escobar Leads Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation Urging Gov. Abbott to Reverse Course and Accept Critical FEMA Funds to Prevent COVID-19 in Asylum-Seekers

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) led the Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott urging him to reverse course and accept Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds designated for El Paso and other localities to reimburse local governments working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by testing and quarantining asylum-seekers. “Before COV...

Congresswoman Escobar Statement on the Reversal of the Remain in Mexico Policy in El Paso

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Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) issued the following statement ahead of the Department of Homeland Security beginning to process in El Paso, individuals who had been forced to “Remain in Mexico” under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP): “Today is a day of hope and victory for our shared humanity. Led by President Biden, our nation is reversing the dangerous and unlawful Remain in...

Congresswoman Escobar Cosponsors the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 to Transform the America’s Immigration System

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined over 80 Members of Congress as an original cosponsor of the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, President Joe Biden’s bold, inclusive, and humane framework for the future of the United States immigration system, was introduced by Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38) and U.S. Senato...

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