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El Paso Times: Veronica Escobar introduces bill proposing humanitarian overhaul of asylum process for migrants

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By Lauren Villagran Even as the number of people seeking asylum at the southern border has grown, Congress has done little to change how the U.S. treats asylum seekers. U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-El Paso) on Tuesday introduced a bill, the "Re-imagining Asylum Processing Act," that proposes to overhaul how asylum claims are made and treated at the Southwest border. The bill would…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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