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April 22, 2022

Joaquin Castro, Texas AFL-CIO Back Bill to Support Seasonal Workers

by Fernando Ramirez

Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Judy Chu (CA-27) held a press conference with labor leaders on Friday to rally support for the Seasonal Worker Solidarity Act of 2022. The legislation would reform the H-2B guest worker visa program to facilitate recruitment, require safe and fair workplace conditions, and require benefits like workers' compensation insurance, and adequate transportation and housing. The bill would also create a pathway to citizenship for guest workers and force employers to … Continue Reading

March 21, 2022

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro to push for more federal funds for San Antonio airport

by Shari Biediger

On three days of the recent spring break week, the San Antonio International Airport saw passenger numbers surge higher than the levels seen in 2019. By contrast, in 2020, it was a "ghost town," said U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro. The San Antonio Democrat was back at the airport Monday morning and, recalling his flights to the nation's capital at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, told officials he intends to fight for funding to improve the airport as air travel returns to more normal … Continue Reading

February 18, 2022

Joaquin Castro: Calling on U.S. to stand up for Rusesabagina’s release

by Joaquin Castro, For the Express-News

Paul Rusesabagina is a hero in every sense of the word. As then-manager of the Hôtel des Mille Collines, Rusesabagina saved more than 1,000 lives during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Ten years later, audiences across the world learned about his heroism through Don Cheadle's Academy Award-nominated performance in the film "Hotel Rwanda." In the years following the release of "Hotel Rwanda," Rusesabagina received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush and continued … Continue Reading

October 15, 2021

San Antonio rep Joaquin Castro calls for more Latino representation

by Madalyn Mendoza

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, who previously submitted Selena and other Latino movies for National Film Registry, is continuing his push for more Latino representation. Castro, a San Antonio democrat, posted a video on his social media accounts explaining why seeing people in media that are Latinos is important for young minorities. He says the Latino community is one of the fastest growing in the U.S. He credited talents like Rita Moreno, Edward James Olmos, Celia Cruz, Selena, and Gloria … Continue Reading

September 21, 2021

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro decries lack of Latinos in media as ‘dangerous’

by Benjamin Wermund , Washington Bureau

Latinos hold just 12 percent of the jobs in American media, though they make up 18 percent of the U.S. workforce, according to a new federal report highlighting how badly the nation's largest minority group is underrepresented in industries producing news, movies, books and other communications. U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio Democrat who requested the Government Accountability Office probe, said the findings, which he unveiled Tuesday, show a "dangerous" exclusion of Latinos in an … Continue Reading

March 28, 2021

Joaquin Castro: Welcome immigrants; demand humane reform

by Joaquin Castro, For the Express-News

When President Joe Biden took office, he inherited an asylum system left in tatters by the Trump administration. Families seeking asylum in the United States were forced to remain in squalid refugee camps in Mexico. Children were intentionally separated from their parents to deter future migration, which the data show did not work. And during this pandemic, everyone who presented themselves for asylum was immediately expelled under an obscure section of law called Title 42. In effect, the … Continue Reading

March 12, 2021

The Foreign Policy Vision of Joaquin Castro

by William Kim

The United States currently finds itself in the most complex and challenging geopolitical environment at least since the end of the Cold War. Liberal democracy is backsliding from Poland to the Philippines. Violence and instability from Syria to Central America are creating millions of refugees. A resurgent Russia and rising China are increasingly willing and able to challenge the status quo. Climate change threatens to wreak untold environmental havoc. And all this was true before the … Continue Reading

March 01, 2021

'It's unsurprising': Joaquin Castro points out the lack of Latino representation at Golden Globes

by Priscilla Aguirre

A San Antonio Congressman is sticking up for the Latino community. While the nation watched the Golden Globes Sunday evening, Joaquin Castro noticed a lack of Latino actors, writers, and creators in the award show. And, he took to Twitter to share his thoughts. "Latinos are almost completely missing at the @goldenglobes - it's unsurprising and unacceptable," the San Antonio native politician said. "The film industry must address the pernicious lack of opportunity and representation of Latino … Continue Reading

January 13, 2021

San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro named as Trump impeachment manager

by Madalyn Mendoza

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro will play an important role in a group overseeing the impeachment of President Donald Trump in the waning days of his presidency. House lawmakers are set to vote on the article of impeachment around 2 p.m. local time Wednesday. If impeached, it would be the second time Trump faces possible removal during his one-term presidency. No other U.S. president has been impeached twice. The San Antonio Democrat and eight others were named as impeachment managers by House … Continue Reading

January 13, 2021

Joaquin Castro named Trump impeachment manager. Here's how it works.

by Taylor Pettaway

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to impeach President Donald Trump. Democrats and a few Republicans are accusing Trump of inciting the deadly insurrection at the Capitol last week while lawmakers were certifying President-elect Joe Biden's victory. On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tapped U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio as one of nine impeachment managers who oversee the process. If the House votes to be impeach Trump, it will be the … Continue Reading

January 12, 2021

Rep. Joaquin Castro to play key role in Trump’s second impeachment

by Benjamin Wermund, Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro will serve on a team overseeing the impeachment of President Donald Trump, a spot in history for the San Antonio Democrat as the House moves this week to make Trump the first president to be impeached twice. The House is moving swiftly to impeach the president, who Democrats and some Republicans blame for inciting the insurrection at the Capitol last week, where five people were killed. A vote is expected Wednesday. "For the first time in our nation's … Continue Reading

March 01, 2013

Pair of Aces: Rising Democratic Stars Julián and Joaquin Castro

by Jacob Weisberg

At Rosario's, Julián and Joaquin Castro's favorite Tex-Mex restaurant in San Antonio, the host welcomes the mayor and the newly elected congressman effusively. "Which one is which?" he asks. To say the Castro brothers get this a lot would qualify as an extreme understatement. Thirty-eight-year-old identical twins, they are indistinguishable to all but those closest to them. But there's no visible annoyance. Julián, the mayor, flashes a mile-wide smile: "I'm the older one." "I'm … Continue Reading

January 03, 2013

2013 Presidential Inauguration

The 2013 presidential inauguration will take place on January 21, … Continue Reading

January 03, 2013

113th United States Congress

The One Hundred Thirteenth United States Congress is the next meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It is scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. from January 3, 2013 to January 3, … Continue Reading

January 03, 2013

Freshmen Class Members of the 113th United States Congress

The 113th United States Congress will begin on January 3, 2013. There are at least 12 new senators (3R, 8D, 1I) and 67 new representatives (29R, … Continue Reading

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