Press Releases

February 18, 2020

Castro Statement on Additional Evacuees at JBSA-Lackland

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement to provide an update on the additional evacuees at JBSA-Lackland. "Yesterday, 144 new evacuees arrived at Lackland from Japan after being quarantined on … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Castro Statement on Third Re-Introduction of Emergency Declaration Resolution

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today re-introduced his resolution (for the third time) following news that the President will once again steal national security funds in order to build his border wall. This re-introduction … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Castro Statement on San Antonio Coronavirus Case

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement after the confirmation of one coronavirus diagnosis in San Antonio, Texas: "My job as Congressman is to ensure the people of San Antonio are safe and … Continue Reading


February 10, 2020

Castro Statement on Passing of San Antonio’s Own SFC Javier J. Gutierrez

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement after the passing of Sergeant First Class and San Antonio native Javier J. Gutierrez from wounds sustained during combat operations in Nangarhar Province, … Continue Reading


February 10, 2020

Castro Statement on Trump Budget for FY 2021

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, released the following statement today after President Trump released his budget for fiscal year 2021: "My initial reaction to the President's budget is that it is unworkable for my … Continue Reading


February 06, 2020

Castro and Engel Seek Answers On State Department's "Birth Tourism" Visa Rules

WASHINGTON-Representatives Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Joaquin Castro, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today demanded information from the State Department on recently announced rule changes impacting non-immigrant visa applicants seeking to visit the United States. In a letter to Assistant Secretary of State Carl Risch, the lawmakers called for more information about the rationale for … Continue Reading


February 06, 2020

Castro Statement on Lackland Air Force Base and the Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, released the following statement today on the coronavirus outbreak and San Antonio's role in combatting the virus: "Like other offices, my office and I first discovered that Lackland Air Force … Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Castro Statement on State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, released the following statement after the President's State of the Union Address: "The President walked into the chamber last night under a cloud of impeachment-one of the few Presidents in … Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

TOMORROW: Press Call with Rep. Joaquin Castro to Discuss This Week’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), will be holding a press call tomorrow, Wednesday, February 5, from 2:30-3:15pmCT (3:30pm-4:15ET) exclusively with the Texas press corps to discuss the President's State of the Union Address and what comes next in a landmark week for the United States Congress. WHO: Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs … Continue Reading


February 03, 2020

Castro Announces State of the Union Guest, Teacher and DACA Recipient María Rocha

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today announced his guest to this year's State of the Union Address, María Rocha. Rocha, a dual language teacher from San Antonio, is in her sixth year of teaching. She is one of the … Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

Castro Introduces Resolution Designating February 2020 as National Citizenship Month

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today introduced the Citizenship Resolution designating February 2020 as National Citizenship Month: "Across the globe, the United States is recognized for its opportunity and freedom. Our … Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Castro Statement on Trump’s Middle East Plan

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement after the announcement of President Trump's Middle East plan: "President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu's plan is not inclusive of all parties … Continue Reading


January 22, 2020

Castro Urges Barr and Wolf to Reverse Cruel Changes to Asylum Eligibility

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, sent a letter with twelve other members of Congress to Secretary Chad Wolf at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Attorney General William Barr at the U.S. Department of Justice, … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Castro, Garcia Demand Texas Governor Greg Abbott Reverse Refugee Resettlement in Texas

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, and Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), member of the House Judiciary and Financial Services Committees, today sent a letter to Texas Governor Abbott demanding that he reverse his disgraceful … Continue Reading


January 13, 2020

Castro, Doggett, Escobar Demand Answers from ICE on Nefarious Contracts with Three Texas Detention Centers

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health and member of the House Budget Committee, and Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), member of … Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Castro Floor Remarks Supporting Resolution Limiting Trump’s Military Action Against Iran

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today delivered the following remarks on the House floor in support of H.Con.Res.83, a resolution directing the President (pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution) to terminate … Continue Reading


January 03, 2020

Castro Statement on Military Strike in Iraq

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement after the death by U.S. drone strike of Major General Qasem Soleimani, the leader of the Iranian government's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Castro, Fitzpatrick Statement on Global Child Thrive Act Markup

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Co-Chair of the International Basic Education Caucus, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Commissioner of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), today released the following statement on … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Castro Floor Speech Ahead of House Impeachment Vote

- As Delivered - WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today delivered the following remarks on the House floor ahead of the House of Representative's historic vote to impeach the President of the United States: "Thank you. As my colleagues have said, the evidence of the President's abuse of power and … Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Castro Named Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today was elected Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for the 116th Congress. He will continue in his role as Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and continue serving on the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, … Continue Reading

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