Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XII, Issue #17

Jul 24, 2015
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC


Congressman Serrano Votes Against H.R. 3009, “The Donald Trump” Act

Yesterday, Congressman José E. Serrano voted against H.R. 3009, or “The Donald Trump Act”, which targets so called immigrant “sanctuary cities.” The bill was approved  by the Republican majority by a 241-179 vote. Congressman Serrano Released the following statement.

“This bill is not only one more blatant attack on our nation’s immigrant community, but also an assault on local governments and law enforcement agencies’ right to implement policing measures that comply with the constitution as they see fit. By making federal criminal justice grants contingent on helping with all federal immigration enforcement, including collecting information on a person’s immigrant status anytime and for any reason, the Trump Act puts communities’ security at risk by creating a situation where undocumented immigrants won’t feel comfortable talking to law enforcement officials. In places like New York City, where nearly 40% of residents are foreign born, it is imperative for local law enforcement entities and officials to be able to work with all residents, documented or undocumented. This bill would put New York City’s government in a position where they would have to choose between federal funds or doing its job the most effective way.
 
“With the Trump Act, the Republican party has once again showed its true colors – it would rather go after innocent immigrant families than allowing local law enforcement agencies to do their job as effectively as possible while complying with the United States’ Constitution. Instead of working on this misguided bill and taking cues from a presidential candidate who has clearly shown how out of touch with reality he is, Republicans should be working with Democrats to address immigration in a sensible manner by finally supporting and passing comprehensive immigration reform.”

Congressman Serrano Attends the Reopening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC

On Monday, Congressman José E. Serrano attended the historic reopening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC.

“For more than 25 years, I have advocated for renewed relations between Cuba and the United States. I am a honored to have attended and witness such a historic moment. This change will allow diplomats from both sides of the strait to better engage and communicate on issues of mutual concern. Much work remains to be done for the complete normalization of relations, but I hope the negotiations continue bearing fruit as we move forward with restored diplomatic relations,” said Congressman Serrano. 

 

In the Bronx


 
Congressman Serrano Attends the 2015 Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair at Crotona Park

Last Sunday, Congressman Serrano attended the Bronx LGBTQ Pride and Health Fair at the Crotona Park amphitheatre hosted by The LGBTQ Community Services Center of the Bronx.  The speakers who participated in the event talked about HIV/AIDS, suicide prevention, LGBTQ history, pride and many more topics. Various health care organizations and medical providers were also present at the event and offered free health screenings and medical services on-site. There was also entertainment and music for everyone to enjoy

 “As we all know, we’ve achieved many victories in the fight for LGBT equal rights recently, but there is still more work to be done. As a strong supporter of LGBT equality, I will continue fighting to advance this cause and ensure everyone is able to enjoy equal rights regardless of who they love. Events like the Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair not only help create awareness about the social issues affecting the LGBTQ community, but also help to address some of the health disparities that affect the community. I had a great time and look forward to continue supporting this event in the future.”

Congressman José E. Serrano with members of the community and his son Senator José M. Serrano at the 2015 Bronx LGBT Pride & Health Fair. (7/18/2015)

Grants


New Pathways for Fathers and Families

Deadline: September 25, 2015 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has made funding available for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program, which aims to support fair housing organizations and other non-profits that assist individuals who believe that they have been victims of housing discrimination. Those who receive the award will be tasked with the initiative to carry out enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices and inform individuals of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. Qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (QFHOs) and Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (FHOs), public or private not-for-profit organizations or institutions, and other public or private entities that are formulating or carrying out programs to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices; agencies of State or local governments; and agencies that participate in the Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) are encouraged to apply.

Please follow this link for the full grant announcement http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=278027. For more information about federal grants please visithttp://www.grants.gov