Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XVI, Issue #26

Dec 12, 2017
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Introduces Stop HATE Act to Prevent the Rise in Hate Crimes Through Social Media

Last week Congressmen Serrano introduced legislation to address how social media and other forms of electronic communication have helped fuel the rise in hate crimes against certain minority groups around the country.

“As a member of Congress who avidly uses Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to communicate with my constituents, these electronic platforms that have become ingrained in our daily lives cannot be used to support and amplify hateful speech that seeks to demean or harm others,” said Congressman Serrano. “This legislation will help us better understand the role these technologies play in aiding the spread of hate speech and crimes. It will also help us understand what we can do to prevent the First Amendment from being weaponized in order to hurt other Americans because of their race, ethnicity, or national origin.”

The Stop HATE Act would direct the Departments of Commerce and Justice to update its 1993 report by analyzing all new forms of electronic communications that have been developed since the rise of the Internet in the early 1990s and issue a new report to Congress one year after enactment, and every five years to continue assessing new forms of media. It would also include recommendations, consistent with the First Amendment, to address these threats.

Congressman Serrano Meets with Puerto Rican Senators

Last week Congressman Serrano met with Puerto Rican Senators to get an insight on what they are dealing with back on the island as well as to coordinate efforts for the islands quick recovery.

Congressman Serrano and Puerto Rican Senator Carmelo Rios discussing Puerto Rico (12/7/17)

Congressman Serrano and Democratic Colleagues Address the Press on Puerto Rico

Last week Congressman Serrano, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Congresswoman Velázquez, Congressman Neal and Congressman Crowley spoke out on the many issues that 3.5 million Americans are facing in Puerto Rico. The recovery efforts in Puerto Rico have not been fast enough and more needs to done. Watch the Congressman’s full remarks below:


In the Bronx

Congressman Serrano Speaks At Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts Meeting in NYC

Rep. Velazquez, Rep. Espaillat, Gov. Rosello, Rep. Serrano, Gov. Cuomo, Rep. Meeks, and Rep. Engel at the NYC meeting on Puerto Rico. (12.11.17)

Congressman Serrano attended a meeting with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosello, and some of his colleagues from the NYC Congressional Delegation on the continued efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico. Congressman Serrano has and will continue to be vocal on Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts and to advocate for more federal assistance to help the United States citizens living on the island.