Press Releases

October 17, 2023

After Recent Vandalism, Castro, Cuellar, and Casar Press National Park Service to Protect San Antonio Missions

WASHINGTON - This week, San Antonio congressmen Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Greg Casar (TX-35) wrote to the director of the National Park Service (NPS), urging the federal government to work with state and local partners on a comprehensive plan to protect the San Antonio Missions after recent acts of vandalism. The Missions, which were designated as a National Historic Park in 1978, are under the shared responsibility of the National Parks Service, which manages the land … Continue Reading

October 17, 2023

Castro, Casar, Escobar, McGovern, Lee, Jayapal, García Call for Ceasefire to Protect Civilians

WASHINGTON - Today, Representative Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, or, at minimum, a temporary cessation of all hostilities in Israel and Gaza to protect civilians. The statement was issued alongside Texas Representatives Greg Casar (TX-35) and Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Representatives James P. McGovern (MA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-12), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04). “We remain … Continue Reading

October 16, 2023

Statement from Families Belong Together Sponsors Castro and Blumenthal on Settlement for Trump-era Family Separations

SAN ANTONIO — Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) released the following statements after the Biden administration announced the terms of a settlement between the Biden administration and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that, if approved, would provide humanitarian parole and access to housing, medical, and legal services to families affected by Trump-era family separations:                                     “The Trump administration’s … Continue Reading

October 11, 2023

Castro, Cherfilus-McCormick, Salazar, and Frost Lead Letter Asking President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas, and Director Jaddou to Redesignate TPS Status for Nicaraguans

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (FL-20) led a letter with María Elvira Salazar (FL-27), and Maxwell Frost (FL-20) to President Biden, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ur Jaddou asking the Biden Administration to redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaragua. “As the Ortega-Murillo regime becomes increasingly authoritarian and … Continue Reading

October 06, 2023

Castro, García, Velázquez Lead Dozens of House Democrats in Push for Congress to Condemn Calls to Invade Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, Representative Joaquin Castro (TX-20) the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, joined by co-leads Reps. Jesús “Chuy” Garcia (IL-04) and Nydia Velázquez (NY-07), introduced a House Resolution reaffirming the U.S. commitment to respecting the sovereignty of Mexico and condemning calls for military action in Mexico without Mexico’s consent and U.S. congressional authorization. The resolution was introduced with original … Continue Reading

October 06, 2023

Statement from Congressman Castro on Border Wall Construction Announcement

SAN ANTONIO — Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s recent decision to waive 26 federal laws to permit more border wall construction in the Rio Grande Valley: “Yesterday, news broke that the Biden administration is waiving 26 federal laws — including the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, … Continue Reading

October 04, 2023

Congressman Castro Selects “El Rey,” “Como la Flor,” “Rinconcito en el Cielo,” and “Propuesta Indecente,” Among 35 Nominations to the National Recording Registry

WASHINGTON - This week, as part of his longstanding work with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to improve Latino representation and visibility across American media, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) nominated 35 songs and albums by Latino musicians to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. The nominations were selected from nearly 700 submissions submitted by members of the public through social media and other channels. The National Recording Registry is the nation’s … Continue Reading

September 29, 2023

Castro, Crow, Jacobs, Phillips, Titus, Wild, Keating, and Connolly Urge President Biden to Halt Transfer of Military Financing to Egypt

WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Jason Crow (CO-06), Sara Jacobs (CA-51), Dean Phillips (MN-03), Dina Titus (NV-01), Susan Wild (PA-07), Bill Keating (MA-09), and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) released the following statement urging the Biden Administration to halt the transfer of military financing to Egypt following news of potential foreign influence by the Egyptian government and ongoing concerns of human rights violations in Egypt: “As Members of the House Foreign Affairs … Continue Reading

September 29, 2023

Our Casas Resident Council Launches Westside Home Repair Program with Grant Secured by Congressman Castro

SAN ANTONIO - With the help of more than $1 million in federal funding secured by Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Our Casas Resident Council, Inc. has opened applications for the High Impact Housing Project, a new program to repair owner-occupied homes in the near Westside. At least 20 homes will be repaired in census tracts 1703 and 1709 in the near Westside with the funding from Congressman Castro, and 10 additional homes in the surrounding area will be repaired with a $300,000 grant … Continue Reading

September 28, 2023

Castro, Casar Fight to Block Federal Funding for Operation Lone Star

WASHINGTON - Last night, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Congressman Greg Casar (TX-35) fought to block federal homeland security funding from being diverted from federal immigration enforcement to fund Texas’ failed Operation Lone Star through an amendment they offered to H.R. 4367, the FY2024 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The amendment received bipartisan support, including from all Democrats in the Texas congressional delegation. Congressman Castro speaks on … Continue Reading

September 28, 2023

Congressman Castro Urges State Department, Treasury to Impose Sanctions on Azerbaijan Officials in Response to Growing Human Rights Violations in Nagorno-Karabakh

WASHINGTON - On September 26, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the Congressional Armenian Caucus, joined nearly 100 members of the House and Senate in a bipartisan letter to the Departments of State and Treasury calling for sanctions on individuals in the government of Azerbaijan who are associated with the military attacks against and brutal blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh. In the letter, members cited the discretionary authority of the leaders of both agencies under the Global … Continue Reading

September 26, 2023

Congressman Castro, 97 House Members Urge Speaker McCarthy to Pass a Bipartisan Funding Bill and Stop a Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - In a new letter, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and nearly 100 members of the House urged Speaker Kevin McCarthy to use his influence within the Republican Party and work across the aisle to advance a bipartisan government funding agreement and prevent a government shutdown. “We urge you to reject the hyperpartisan approach and focus on passing government funding legislation that can actually become law. In the absence of viable appropriations bills from the House … Continue Reading

September 21, 2023

Castro, Ocasio-Cortez, Himes, Casar, Velázquez, Sanders, and Kaine Introduce Bicameral Resolution Commemorating 1973 Coup in Chile

WASHINGTON - Following the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup d’état against democratically-elected Chilean President Salvador Allende, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Ranking Member Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Jim Himes (CT-04), Congressman Greg Casar (TX-35), Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (NY-07), Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), and Senate Foreign … Continue Reading

September 15, 2023

Congressman Castro, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Kick Off Hispanic Heritage Month with Public Call for Suggestions for National Recording Registry Nominations

WASHINGTON - As Hispanic Heritage Month begins, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced today that he is leading the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in collecting public nominations for works by Latino recording artists to be added to the National Recording Registry. The National Recording Registry is the nation’s preeminent archive of recorded sound and is intended to maintain and preserve sound recordings with cultural, historic, or aesthetic significance to life in the United … Continue Reading

September 14, 2023

Reps. Castro and González-Colón, Senator Padilla Introduce HERE Act to Close Achievement Gap for Hispanic and Latino Students in Higher Education

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (PR), and Senator Alex Padilla (CA) introduced the bicameral, bipartisan Hispanic Educational Resources and Empowerment (HERE) Act, legislation that aims to provide Hispanic and Latino students with the tools and support they need to close the enduring achievement gap they face in higher education. Specifically, the bill would create a new federal grant program to fund partnerships that focus on … Continue Reading

September 13, 2023

Reps. Castro and Senator Menendez Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution Honoring Hispanic-Serving Institutions

The resolution designates National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Week to highlight the contributions of HSIs across the country. WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Jenniffer González-Colón (PR), Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07), and Juan Ciscomani (AZ-06) and Senators Bob Menendez (NJ), John Cornyn (TX), and Alex Padilla (CA), introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution to designate the week starting on September 11, 2023, as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week. The … Continue Reading

September 08, 2023

Castro, Warren, Torres, Goldman Call on Commerce Department to Address Troubling Increase in Assault Weapons Export Approvals

Lawmakers call on Secretary Gina Raimondo to publish updated data on Commerce approvals of assault weapons export licenses and respond to September 2022 Congressional inquiry Text of Letter (PDF) WASHINGTON - This week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35) and Congressman Dan Goldman (NY-10) sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, seeking answers on the Department of Commerce’s (Commerce) lackluster … Continue Reading

September 07, 2023

Castro, Casar Introduce Amendment to Block Federal Funding for Operation Lone Star

SAN ANTONIO — This week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Congressman Greg Casar (TX-35) introduced an amendment to the FY2024 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to prohibit federal homeland security funding from being used for Operation Lone Star. “Since 2021, Governor Abbott has stolen more than a billion dollars in federal COVID-19 aid and diverted hundreds of millions in state taxpayer dollars from critical public health and safety programs to fund Operation Lone … Continue Reading

September 06, 2023

“Flooded Our Streets with Guns:” Congressman Castro Slams Gov. Abbott’s Dangerous Gun Laws After Five San Antonio Police Officers Are Shot in Two Weeks

SAN ANTONIO — After a fifth San Antonio police officer was shot in less than two weeks, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement slamming Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Republican legislature for their failure to prevent gun violence: “Over the last eight years, Governor Abbott and Texas Republicans have weakened public safety laws and flooded our streets with guns. The result has been a clear increase in gun violence. Today, violent Texas criminals can easily … Continue Reading

September 01, 2023

Castro, Escobar, and Texas Democrats Call on the Department of Justice to Investigate Operation Lone Star National Guard Shooting

SAN ANTONIO - This week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), and nine additional Democrats from the Texas House delegation sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking for a comprehensive investigation into the shooting of a Mexican national by a Texas National Guard servicemember along the border of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. The letter, led by Congresswoman Escobar, comes amid Governor Greg Abbott’s continued interference with federal … Continue Reading

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