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Congressman Joaquin Castro

Representing the 20th District of Texas

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Feb 20, 2019 Press Release
SAN ANTONIO—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 Committee, recently introduced two measures that would help U.S. Military veterans who have been negatively affected by exposure to toxic burn pits. Specifically, the Congressman introduced the Family Member Access to Burn Pits Registry Act of 2019 (H.R.1001) and the Burn Pits Veterans Revision Act of 2019 (H.R. 1005). This week, Congressman Castro will join Burn Pits 360 to highlight Veterans’ exposure to burn pits, relevant federal and state legislation, and recent Supreme Court decisions that may impact veterans affected by burn pits.
Feb 19, 2019 Press Release
There Should Be No Profit Motive in Warehousing Migrant Children
HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA–Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, led a delegation to the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Migrant Children. Homestead is the largest facility for unaccompanied children in the country run by a for-profit corporation that is also rapidly expanding. Following their visit to Homestead Temporary Shelter, the Members briefed the press on the conditions at the shelter and the standards of care provided to the children detained there:
Feb 14, 2019 Press Release
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 Committee, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s threat to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall:
Feb 12, 2019 Press Release
Legislation calls on CBP to address severe deficiencies that led to the deaths of two children in CBP custody in December
WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36), CHC Chairman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Assistant Leader Ben Ray Lujan (NM-02), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), and 19 other Democratic Members of Congress announced the introduction of legislation directing U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to implement a set of minimum humanitarian standards for the treatment of individuals in CBP custody. The standards included in the legislation would address the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the border, where two children – Jakelin Caal and Felipe Gomez – died in December while in CBP custody.
Feb 8, 2019 Press Release
Reps. Castro, Hurd, Cuellar, Doggett's Bipartisan Measure Seeks to Allow the Homeland Security Department to Work with a Consortium to Support Cybersecurity Responses
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; Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23), a former undercover CIA officer, cybersecurity entrepreneur and IT Subcommittee Chair; Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on Ways and Means; and Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) introduced legislation that supports efforts to address cybersecurity risks and incidents, including threats or acts of cyber-related terrorism.
Feb 7, 2019 Press Release
Members ask Conferees to Increase Transparency, Accountability, and Oversight Of ICE and CBP
WASHINGTON— Today, leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members urged the Bipartisan Bicameral Homeland Security Conferees to oppose increases in funding for ICE and CBP for the purposes of immigration detention, Trump’s deportation force and the border wall. Members specifically asked Conferees to hold ICE and CBP accountable through the appropriations process and to limit ICE and CBP’s ability to transfer or reprogram funds from other accounts in order to build a wall or border barriers, increase detention, or ramp up enforcement. The letter was led by Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and signed by 20 additional Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members.
Feb 6, 2019 Press Release
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 Committees on Education and Labor, tonight made this statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address:
Feb 6, 2019 Press Release
Measures Allow Family Members to Participate in Burn Pit Registry, Amend Disability Ratings to Include Obliterative Bronchiolitis
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 Committees on Intelligence and Education and Labor, today introduced two measures that would help U.S. Military veterans who have been negatively affected by exposure to toxic burn pits. Specifically, the Congressman introduced the Family Member Access to Burn Pits Registry Act of 2019 (H.R.1001) and the Burn Pits Veterans Revision Act of 2019 (H.R. 1005).
Feb 4, 2019 Press Release
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 Committees on Intelligence and Education and Labor, today announced that he will be accompanied by Carlos Salinas Hernandez as his guest for the 2019 State of the Union. A recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Carlos currently studies at the Texas A&M College Station, and is a constituent of Congressman Castro’s congressional district.
Feb 2, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement:

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