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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Foreign Relations & Trade

Congressman Gonzalez firmly believes that a strong national defense, free and fair international trade, and diplomacy are the keys to American global leadership.  The congressman supports efforts to improve national security, promote democracy, bolster our allies, and hold bad actors accountable for their efforts to destabilize the international community.

Texas’ 15th District shares a border with Mexico and Congressman Gonzalez understands the importance of the United States’ relationship with its southern neighbor. He has seen firsthand the benefits of international trade and is committed to ensuring that South Texas businesses and stakeholders have a seat at the table as the Administration moves to modernize our nation’s free trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The congressman knows that the benefits of free trade extend far beyond the borders of the 15th District and firmly believes that free trade agreements can strengthen international relations.

Congressman Gonzalez believes that a combination of diplomacy, collective defense, and international trade is the best strategy for maintaining positive relationships with U.S. allies around the world, promoting prosperity, and security. The congressman supports both robust international affairs and defense budgets as well as an active and engaged U.S. Trade Representative and coordination between the Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The congressman is a strong advocate of our country’s partnerships with Israel, Mexico, our allies in Central and South America, in Europe, Asia, and across the world.

Since being sworn in, Congressman Gonzalez has supported bipartisan legislation that: reaffirms our partnerships with Mexico and Israel; imposes sanctions on those who threaten the international order; and proposes policies to tackle the complex threats facing our nation and our allies.

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April 12, 2018 In The News

As the days go on, more troops are in Starr County securing the border.

The National Guard remains in the Valley in response to President Trump's border security mandate.

Roma residents say they have not seen troops in their city, but our cameras were rolling as troops monitored the Rio Grande, waiting for any illegal activity that may be lurking.

"I think it's a good idea, it will help the immigration problem along with Border Patrol," said Felicita Leal, who has lived in Roma for years.

April 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border:

“Our policies must be rooted in facts – not fiction – and in reality – not rhetoric,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “The reality is that despite our area recently seeing a historic drop in crime and illegal entries, our federal agencies are intentionally misusing information to justify a strategy based in political rhetoric.

April 3, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's announcement to place National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border:

 

March 9, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Filemon Vela (TX-34), Kevin Cramer (ND-01), Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Congresswomen Terri Sewell (AL-07) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) sent a bipartisan letter to President Trump urging that he work to update and modernize – not withdraw the U.S. from – the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The letter describes the benefits NAFTA has conferred on the American economy and warns of the consequences withdrawal would have.

February 23, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) was one of only seven members of Congress invited to Japan. Other members included Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-01) and Congressmen Billy Long (MO-07), J. Luis Correa (CA-46), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Bill Flores (TX-17), and Andy Harris (MD-01).

January 31, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, delivered the following remarks on the House Floor on Tuesday to request an immediate vote on the DREAM Act. This was the nineteenth time that House Democrats have called for an up or down vote on the DREAM Act.

January 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today issued the following statement applauding Guatemala’s decision to follow the United States in moving its nation’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Guatemala is the only other country to announce its intention to relocate its embassy and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. 

October 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) encourages students in Texas’ 15th District to pursue international exchange programs hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of State, which are celebrating 75 years of exchange programs. These programs are:

September 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—On Tuesday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter to President Donald Trump, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine C. Duke, and Acting Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Kevin K. McAleenan, regarding the detention of a group of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station located in the 15th District of Texas.

August 7, 2017 Video

On Saturday, August 5, 2017, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez appeared on CNN with host Ana Cabrera to discuss the RAISE Act, and the letter I sent to Governor Greg Abbott urging him to pardon Texas’ deported veterans.