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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.

More on Foreign Relations & Trade

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.

August 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Beto O’Rourke (TX-16), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, expressing their concern about the potential construction of a border wall at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.


July 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), whose district is anchored in McAllen on the U.S.-Mexico Border, delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in opposition to spending $1.6 billion of taxpayer money to construct a wall along the southern border.

July 27, 2017 Video

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), whose district is anchored in McAllen on the U.S.-Mexico Border, delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in opposition to spending $1.6 billion of taxpayer money to construct a wall along the southern border.

July 21, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, has joined his Border Caucus Co-Chair Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, in penning a letter in opposition of the 2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.

The letter is addressed to Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of the Committee on Appropriations, Chairman John Carter of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, ranking member of the Committee on Appropriations Nita Lowey, and Lucille Roybal-Allard, ranking member of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

July 16, 2017 In The News

MCALLEN, RGV – Two of the three congressmen that represent the Rio Grande Valley have spoken out against rhetoric that harms cross-border commerce.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo and U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen recorded video messages for a “legislative report card luncheon” hosted by the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and held at the Double Tree Suites in McAllen.

While the two lawmakers covered a range of issues, much of their focus was on U.S. trade with Mexico.