Group of Latino lawmakers demand DPS to provide Spanish-language information on Uvalde school shooting
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio and four other Latino members of Congress sent a letter Friday to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw requesting all information regarding the Uvalde school shooting be provided in Spanish as well as English.
‘What the hell do you need an AR-15 for?’ Spurs coach Popovich, Castro brothers speak at ‘Stand with Uvalde’ benefit rally
Hundreds of people gathered in Travis Park on Saturday to stand with the town Uvalde, during a call-to-action event in support of the victims and families affected by the mass shooting at Robb Elementary.
Spurs coach Popovich to attend ‘Stand with Uvalde’ benefit, rally in San Antonio Saturday
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro are among a list of dignitaries scheduled to attend a call-to-action event in San Antonio in support of the victims and survivors of the school shooting in Uvalde.
Webb County, a Democratic stronghold, is set to welcome Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s controversial migrant arrests
The county is the most populous to embrace the Republican governor’s “catch-and-jail” policy to arrest people accused of crossing the border illegally for state crimes, including trespassing.
‘This city is bombed, destroyed’: Ukrainians in San Antonio plea for help during meeting with Rep. Joaquin Castro
Ukrainians living in San Antonio are hoping to have their voices heard in Washington, D.C. A total of six women who represent the local nonprofit Ukrainian San Antonio met directly with Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) on Friday.
Dems: Discovery, AT&T merger will hurt diversity, workers
House Democrats are raising concerns that the proposed merger of Discovery and AT&T’s WarnerMedia, a $43 billion effort to conquer the world of streaming, could affect diversity efforts in Hollywood and particularly hurt Latinos, who are already deeply underrepresented.
Proposed congressional bill aims to prevent natural gas price gouging
February’s storm caused major shortages to the natural gas supply chain, which caused prices to skyrocket by 10,000%. It’s why U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio introduced a bill Wednesday that would prevent natural gas price gouging during a declared emergency.
DACA recipients hold out hope immigration reform will be revived in Congress
Much like many of the estimated 600,000 DACA recipients, Andrea Ramos Fernandez and Monsi Contreras were disappointed with Sunday’s decision to remove immigration reform from the pending $3.5 trillion budget proposal in Congress.
San Antonio's Castro brothers tout Biden's infrastructure bill as Democratic bus tour rolls into town
Congressman Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, and former Obama housing secretary Julián Castro joined local officials in touting the Biden administration's infrastructure plan Thursday morning in...sacurrent.com
Texans in Congress have mixed views on President Joe Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal. But bipartisan criticism has emerged.
Texas Republicans have doused the Biden administration in criticism. Democratic Texans in Congress have had varied reactions — but some also fault for the president for a frantic scramble after the Taliban swiftly took control.
San Antonio congressmen, Texas senator urge feds to ensure Paul Rusesabagina’s ‘safe return’ to U.S. amid trial in Rwanda
It’s almost been a full year since a United States resident living in San Antonio was tricked onto a private charter flight that ended with his arrest and imprisonment once he landed in Rwanda.
With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test
President Joe Biden is facing a fresh challenge to his oft-repeated commitment to diversity in his administration: assembling a diplomatic corps that gives a nod to key political allies and donors while staying true to a campaign pledge to appoint ambassadors who look like America.
Local officials tour shelter for unaccompanied migrant children at Freeman Coliseum
SAN ANTONIO – U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Bexar County Precinct 1 Commissioner Becky Clay-Flores and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg toured a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children at Freeman Coliseum on Tuesday afternoon. The tour was held less than 24 hours after buses with about 500 migrant children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border arrived at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Center. The group wanted to visit the facility to make sure the children were being given the proper housing and support. The U.S, Department of Health and Human Services is working to make sure the unaccompanied children are unified with their families or put with suitable sponsors in the U.S. Bexar County Precinct 1 Commissioner Becky Clay-Flores and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg appear at a news conference after touring a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children at Freeman Coliseum on Tuesday afternoon.
500 unaccompanied migrant minors arrive at Freeman Coliseum expo center
SAN ANTONIO – Buses filled with hundreds of migrant children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border arrived at the Freeman Coliseum’s expo center Monday night. Roughly 500 children are now sheltered at the facility, which is expected to house as many as 2,400. The intake site is providing standards of care for the children, which includes clean and comfortable sleeping quarters, meals, recreational activities and access to medical services. AdVolunteers worked all weekend to help set up the facility and to make sure they have things like clothing and hygiene products. Wolff along with Congressman Joaquin Castro and Commissioner Rebecca Clay Flores, are expected to tour the facility later on Tuesday.
Lawmakers take dueling trips to border amid concerns about migrant surge
Republican Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro led dueling delegations of lawmakers to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on Friday, amid concerns over the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the border. His takeaway from conversations with state troopers and the Border Patrol is that the system is overburdened. For the most part, journalists have not been permitted to visit Border Patrol facilities to document the conditions. There were approximately 18,000 unaccompanied migrant children in U.S. federal custody as of Friday morning, according to government figures released this afternoon. The president also said that all migrants should be turned back at the border, except for unaccompanied children.cbsnews.com
WATCH: Sens. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn give update after leading Senate delegation in border tour
John Cornyn and Ted Cruz visited the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley on Friday afternoon to lead a Senate delegation in a tour of the area in response to the increase in migrant crossings. Cruz and Cornyn brought along other Republican senators from non-border states to assess and address the situation on the border. “We saw cages after cages after cages of little girls and little boys lying side by side, touching each other, covered with reflective emergency blankets. The delegation stated the importance of sending the right message and encourages President Biden to visit the border and witness the situation for himself. Also on Friday, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio led a Democratic congressional delegation tour of the Carrizo Springs Office of Refugee Resettlement facility, which is holding unaccompanied children.
Castro leads congressional delegation of Carrizo Springs facility tour for unaccompanied migrant children
CARRIZO SPRINGS, Texas – U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio on Friday led a Democratic congressional delegation tour of the Carrizo Springs Office of Refugee Resettlement facility for unaccompanied children at the border. Castro said the lawmakers visited the facility to make sure the children are being “respected and humanely treated” and to make sure they are placed with their family sponsors or relatives as soon as possible. Castro said the current problems at the border were created by the Trump Administration. President Biden inherited a situation where the previous administration had sought to dismantle the infrastructure for processing asylum seekers in the United States,” Castro said. Castro also said the Trump Administration used the pandemic as an excuse to expel people who were seeking asylum.
Rivals seeking to gain as Biden mulls approach to Syrian war
The Biden administration is mulling over Americas role in Syrias ongoing conflict as the U.S. tries to break away from Middle East wars. AdDealing with Syria's war will test the Biden administration's determination to focus on Asia and not the Middle East. Hence Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's Middle East tour this month. “If this is the security future of the Middle East, we’re all in trouble,” Jeffrey warns. It was the Syrian war that sparked that debate, when President Barack Obama first considered military strikes there, said Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
DACA teacher voices support for Dream Act; Senate vote expected soon
Now that it has passed the U.S. House, the Senate is expected to vote soon on the latest version of the Dream Act, that would provide an eight-year path to permanent residency or citizenship, with certain conditions, to nearly 700,000 DACA recipients. AdDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has been for children who were brought illegally into the U.S. by their parents. Although polling has shown the majority of Americans support Dreamers like Carrillo, DACA has been likened to political football that’s been tossed back and forth ever since President Obama signed the executive order creating the program. AdCarrillo said she wants bipartisan support for the new legislation, although the emergency on the Southwest border may serve as a “red flag” to opponents. But unlike asylum seekers arriving at the border, she said, “This is our home and we’re not escaping anything because this is our home.”More on KSAT:Local teacher represents DACA recipients at State of the UnionDACA recipients now have powerful ally in new bipartisan coalition
Magazine accidentally refers to San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro as 'Joaquin Phoenix'
click to enlarge Left: Screen Capture / C-SPAN; Right: Wikimedia Commons / Harald KrichelEven with beards we can still tell them apart: U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (left) and actor Joaquin Phoenix (right). Joaquin Phoenix wears many hats. One of the greatest actors of his generation, he has now turned his attention to transforming the State Department.https://t.co/7Rcd3Tt9j2 pic.twitter.com/AsijXFiMZS — Shadi Hamid (@shadihamid) March 3, 2021San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro is used to mistaken identity. So much so that he grew a patchy beard so he wouldn't be confused with his twin brother, former SA mayor Julian Castro, when the latter ran for president.But a recent flub by the left-wing publicationhas taken Castro confusion to a whole new level.In an article on the Biden administration's effort to increase diversity in the State Department, the magazine mentioned that "Rep. Joaquin Phoenix (D-Texas)" penned an introduction to a report on how remake the institution.Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, pointed out the error in a tweet, cheekily noting that Phoenix, in addition to being a stellar actor, has "now turned his attention to transforming the State Department. "While Phoenix in known for bringing spot-on impersonations to the screen — notably Johnny Cash and himself in the middle of a mental breakdown — we're pretty sure he's not working on a new project where he portrays a Texas congressman.has since corrected the error in its online storysacurrent.com
Castro pleads with Texas employers on mask decisions for employees
Texas employers, a San Antonio Congressman has a message for you. "Please do not prevent employees who want to continue to wear a mask from doing so," Joaquin Castro tweeted on Wednesday. RELATED: Mask on: Restaurants and shops in San Antonio that are keeping mask requirementsCastro's plea comes after Gov. Many restaurants and shops in San Antonio are keeping the mask mandate for their customers and employees. However, Castro is hoping employers don't keep their workers from wearing masks if they choose to.mysanantonio.com
Joaquin Castro says lack of Latinos at Golden Globes is 'unacceptable'
While the nation watched the Golden Globes Sunday evening, Joaquin Castro noticed a lack of Latino actors, writers, and creators in the award show. "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 Americans. Twitter user Robert C. quote retweeted Castro's tweet and wrote that there are Latino writers, producers, and directors in waiting. Bustamante's film "La Llorona" was nominated for "Best Picture" for a foreign language film.mysanantonio.com
Pelosi says bipartisan panel should investigate Capitol riot
But to ensure Republican support, Pelosi said Democrats sent the proposal to GOP leaders “to see what suggestions they may have because, for this to work, it really has to be strongly bipartisan." It is an open question whether the commission will be authorized to investigate Trump's actions. Still, some Republicans have said they think such a commission is necessary alongside other congressional efforts to investigate the attack. “There’s still more evidence that the American people need and deserve to hear and a 9/11 commission is a way to make sure that we secure the Capitol going forward,” said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. “Our country has been wounded,” the former 9/11 commission chairmen said.
Cornyn, Cruz join GOP colleagues in successful acquittal of Trump
While Republicans were successful in holding the line for a president who left office nearly a month ago, a majority of the Senate voted to convict the president. The impetus for Democrats and some Republicans to push for Trump’s conviction after he left office was to bar him from running again in the future. U.S. House Rep. Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio Democrat, served as a House impeachment manager — the prosecutorial arm of the proceedings. The state’s senior senator frequently raised questions about the constitutionality of holding a trial after a president left office. The U.S. House impeached the president in early January, a week before he left office.
A fight or a 'fight'? In impeachment, a clash about context
In American political speech — and particularly in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and the discussions around it — words matter. Fight for your rights, fight for your children, join the fight against breast cancer: Do those always involve fists? Finally, the question of fight or “fight” points, too, to the status of Trump himself — his position as president. Does a president saying “fight” in that situation remove the quote marks like a street brawler tossing aside his jacket? Much of the time, when we fight, we “fight.” On Jan. 6, 2021, outside and inside the U.S. Capitol, some Americans decided to actually fight.
The Latest: Tuberville stands by account of Trump phone call
Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, after the fourth day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. AdGoodman has been in the chamber for much of the impeachment trial, in which House Democrats are charging that former President Donald Trump incited the Jan. 6 insurrection. Senators are submitting written questions to the prosecution and the defense in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. But he's made a comeback as one of Donald Trump's lawyers at the former president's impeachment trial. AdHe's getting a chance to make a different impression when he begins to present Trump’s defense on Friday.
Texans factor heavily in Democrats' impeachment case against Donald Trump
And, surprisingly, Texans back home surfaced in video footage to unintentionally help House Democrats make their case. House Democrats are unlikely to see 67 senators side with them, but at the very least, Texas' senior senator offered them some praise. A former justice on the Texas Supreme Court and state attorney general, Cornyn said the House Democrats presented a strong case. In a recent Fox News op-ed, he vouched for the consitutionality of a post-presidential impeachment trial. “On the merits, President Trump’s conduct does not come close to meeting the legal standard for incitement—the only charge brought against him,” he wrote.
Trial highlights: Harrowing footage, focus on Trump’s words
NEW SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGETo reconstruct the siege for senators, Democrats aired never-before-seen security footage from inside the Capitol that showed the attack unfolding. “Vice President Pence had the courage to stand against the president, tell the American public the truth and uphold our Constitution. Many Republicans had been appalled by Trump's treatment of his most loyal soldier during his final days in office. AdREPUBLICANS HOLD FIRMThere appears little chance enough Republicans will break with Democrats to convict Trump at the end of the trial. The video evidence was “nothing new here, for me, at the end of the day,” said Hawley, who maintains the trial is unconstitutional.
Rioters acted on Trump’s ‘order,’ Democrats say in trial
Even out of office, Democrats warned, Trump could whip up a mob of followers for similar damage. Even out of the White House, the former president holds influence over large swaths of voters. Rioters roamed the halls chanting, “Hang Mike Pence,” and eerily singing out, “Where are you, Nancy?” in search of Pelosi. The first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office, Trump is also the first to be twice impeached. His lawyers say he cannot be convicted because he is already gone from the White House.
Trial highlights: Harrowing footage, focus on Trump's words
NEW SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGETo reconstruct the siege for senators, Democrats aired never-before-seen security footage from inside the Capitol that showed the attack unfolding. Ad“Vice President Pence had the courage to stand against the president, tell the American public the truth and uphold our Constitution. Many Republicans had been appalled by Trump's treatment of his most loyal soldier during his final days in office. REPUBLICANS HOLD FIRMThere appears little chance enough Republicans will break with Democrats to convict Trump at the end of the trial. AdThe video evidence was “nothing new here, for me, at the end of the day,” said Hawley, who maintains the trial is unconstitutional.
The Latest: House managers wrap up 1st full day of arguments
(Senate Television via AP)WASHINGTON – The Latest on former President Donald Trump's second Senate impeachment trial (all times local):8:20 p.m.House Democrats have wrapped up their first full day of arguments at the historic second impeachment trial of Donald Trump. The impeachment trial is set to resume at noon Thursday. Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney say they are deeply disturbed by the evidence shown by Democrats against former President Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial. Prosecutors at Trump’s impeachment trial on Wednesday played security footage from inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. ___2:20 p.m.Democrats are arguing that former President Donald Trump “built” the mob that attacked the Capitol.
Trump trial video shows vast scope, danger of Capitol riot
In this image from video, a security video shows Vice President Mike Pence being evacuated as rioters breach the Capitol, as House impeachment manager Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands, speaks during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Ad“On Jan. 6, President Trump left everyone in this Capitol for dead,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, a prosecutor. “Greatly disturbing.”Trump is the first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office and the first to be twice impeached. Trump's second impeachment trial is expected to diverge from the lengthy, complicated affair of a year ago.
Chilling Trump trial video: Police beg help, senators flee
In this image from video, a security video shows Vice President Mike Pence being evacuated as rioters breach the Capitol, as House impeachment manager Del. Trump is the first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office and the first to be twice impeached. AdIn this image from video, a security video shows U.S. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman running past Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, left, as House impeachment manager Del. It appears unlikely that the House prosecutors will call witnesses, and Trump has declined a request to testify. Trump’s second impeachment trial is expected to diverge from the lengthy, complicated affair of a year ago.
TSA screening dogs at San Antonio International Airport? It’s a possibility
SAN ANTONIO – As the second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump begins, there is a sense of bipartisanship at the San Antonio International Airport. AdRight now the San Antonio International Airport is the only category one airport in Texas without passenger screening canine teams. If we get the dogs here at the airport, obviously it would be effective,” Tonya Hope with the San Antonio International Airport said. I mean, the country is in good hands, and, yes, we have a very bright future ahead of us,” Congressman Gonzales said. The addition of TSA screening dogs would allow for a safer experience in our airports and provides an additional level of security that our airport currently lacks.”AdREAD MORE:San Antonio International Airport working to keep passengers safe while feeling strain of pandemicSan Antonio Airport System lands coveted air service conference in 2022Tips for traveling through the San Antonio airport during the pandemic
Immigrants in sanctuary in churches hope Biden offers relief
– For over three years, Maria Macario has been too afraid to leave the white steepled First Parish church just outside Boston. AdThose who have taken sanctuary have enlisted lawmakers to ask Biden for relief, pushing to cancel deportation orders and reviving the use of private bills — measures to protect a person or group. The Trump administration was more hardline, taking an Indonesian immigrant into custody on church grounds last year. After all, her family was ordered to leave when Biden was vice president. “My lawyer says I could leave the church today, but I just don’t trust things,” Macario said.
Ted Cruz, John Cornyn come out against Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz called the impeachment trial “vindictive and punitive” when he spoke to reporters in Capitol Hill last week, adding that “Congressional Democrats seem obsessed with their hatred for Donald Trump.”And U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has expressed skepticism at the idea of a trial. Like Cruz, Cornyn also called the impeachment trial “vindictive” in a recent interview with KHOU-11. Every House Democrat along with 10 Republicans voted to impeach Trump — the most bipartisan impeachment vote in American history, Politifact confirmed. Neither Cruz nor Cornyn have explicitly stated how they’ll vote in the impeachment trial. However, many GOP senators have pledged to carefully consider all of the evidence that will be presented during the impeachment trial.
WATCH LIVE: Impeachment article delivered to Senate
Impeachment managers, led by the House Clerk and the Acting House Sergeant at Arms, will hold a procession ceremony through National Statuary Hall and the Capitol Rotunda to the Senate to present the article of impeachment to the Secretary of the Senate. U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, lead manager, will read the article of impeachment on the Senate Floor. San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro is among the impeachment managers who will argue to convict former President Donald Trump.
Rep. Joaquin Castro talks Trump impeachment, potential bid against Ted Cruz and COVID-19 relief checks
An article of impeachment is expected to be sent to the U.S. Senate on Monday, and one of the nine impeachment managers who will argue to convict Trump is San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro. Castro spoke with La Prensa Texas this week about the impeachment effort and why the case for conviction needs to be made. ”It is a high bar to convict any president in the Senate,” Castro said. With Cruz resisting those calls, Texas Democrats expect one of the Castro brothers to run against Cruz in 2024, when his current term ends. “I do not believe that Mr. Cruz represents many of us in the state of Texas.”For now, Rep. Joaquin Castro isn’t focused on a potential Senate bid.
Pelosi's nine impeachment managers hope to 'finish the job'
WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped nine of her most trusted allies in the House to argue the case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Pelosi hasn’t yet said when she will send the article of impeachment to the Senate. Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette, another manager, says the nine prosecutors plan to present a serious case and “finish the job” that the House started. REP. TED LIEU, CALIFORNIALieu, who authored the article of impeachment with Cicilline and Raskin, is on the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs panels. She is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, and is a former lawyer and member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Joaquin Castro calls Trump ‘the most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office’ during impeachment proceedings
(Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro said President Donald Trump is “the most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office” during an impassioned speech on the floor of Congress during the impeachment debate on Wednesday. The most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office.”“If inciting a deadly insurrection is not enough to get a president impeached then what is,” Castro continued. Unlike his first impeachment in 2019, some Republicans will be breaking rank with their party to vote to impeach him. Trump faces a single charge of “incitement of insurrection.”To be removed from office or barred from ever holding federal elected office again, Trump must be convicted on the impeachment charge in the Senate. However, it appears unlikely that the Senate would hold a trial before next Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Texas Democrats back U.S. House resolution asking Pence to remove Trump from office
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Vice President Mike Pence at a joint session of Congress before last week's violent insurrection at the Capitol. U.S. House members asked Pence on Tuesday to remove President Donald Trump from office over his role in the violent siege. With the backing of Texas Democrats, the U.S. House called on Vice President Mike Pence to remove President Donald Trump from office Tuesday, even though the vice president said he planned to take no such action. Prior to the vote, Pelosi named U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, to the team of House impeachment managers. "I will not support any measure to remove President Trump from office," he said.