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Congressman Joaquin Castro

Representing the 20th District of Texas


Mar 17, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement after voting against H.Res. 639, a Republican measure that would allow Speaker Paul Ryan to file an amicus brief on behalf of the House in the U.S. v. Texas litigation challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration: 
“The United States is a nation of immigrants and it always will be. That’s what makes our country strong. This Republican resolution was purely political and counterproductive to fixing our nation’s broken immigration system. We should embrace hardworking immigrant families, not seek to break them apart. 

“Today’s vote does not represent the very best of our nation and who we aspire to be. I am confident that the Supreme Court will uphold the President’s actions, and I hope Congress will stop obstructing progress and instead act to improve our nation’s immigration policies.” 

H.Res. 639 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 234-186.

Video of Congressman Castro speaking in opposition of H.Res. 639 is available here: LINK