Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XV, Issue #3

Jan 27, 2017
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Mourns Passing of Former Representative Robert Garcia

Former Representative for the South Bronx, Bob Garcia passed away this week. Congressman Serrano, his friend and successor in Congress, joined his family in their loss and released the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my good friend and colleague Bobby Garcia. For 25 years, Bob worked hard for the people of the South Bronx as its representative in the New York State Assembly, the New York State Senate, and eventually the U.S. House of Representatives. He had a good career in Congress for more than 10 years, during which he played an instrumental role in a number of local, national, and international initiatives including among many other serving as the official representative of the US Congress to NATO; helping convince then President Carter to include the term Hispanic in the Census, which helped Hispanics achieve greater  political representation; and helped develop, along with Congressman Jack Kemp, the enterprise zone idea which led to the eventual creation of the Empowerment Zone program. He also passed legislation, with the assistance of many colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus, to establish a national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  As one of the first elected officials of Puerto Rican descent in the South Bronx, including the first one elected to the New York State Senate, Bobby Garcia was a pioneer and a legend, and those that knew him well will never forget him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Constituents interested in contacting and expressing their condolences to former Rep. Garcia’s widow, Jane Lee Garcia can do so at

Congressman José E. Serrano and former Congressman Bob Garcia greet former President Jimmy Carter.


Congressman Serrano on Trump Administration Anti- Immigrant Executive Orders

On Wednesday, Congressman José E. Serrano released the following statement on the immigration executive orders announced by President Trump this week:

“President Trump’s executive action announcements today are a sharp reversal of the values and welcoming spirit that have characterized this great nation. The impact of this announcement will be felt primarily by immigrant families already living here, but also by countless individuals from other countries fleeing wars, political instability and persecution in their homelands. Instead of this extreme, expensive, and misguided effort, we should be working on comprehensive immigration reform, the only permanent and fair solution to fix our broken immigration system.

“It is sad and startling to see a fellow New Yorker with immigrant roots attack immigrants and sanctuary cities. New York has welcomed millions of immigrants throughout the history of this nation, and immigrants have made our city, what it is today. Today’s announcement attempting to cut funding for sanctuary cities unless they enforce federal immigration laws will only hurt their security and local economies, and will encourage immigrants to remain in the shadows and leave crimes unreported.  These efforts are both illogical and unconstitutional.

“As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will do everything in my power to stop the implementation of these Executive Orders- the budgetary impact of which will undermine important funding priorities in infrastructure, health care, education, and many other areas.  I will never support the Trump Administration’s efforts to waste billions of taxpayer dollars building a wall of hate that will not be reimbursed by the government of Mexico. We should be spending this money instead on modernizing our infrastructure and investing in the education of future generations- including immigrants. We need to boost our country’s competitiveness, not trample down a population that strengthens our nation.

“In my hometown, which I share with this President, the Statue of Liberty stands in New York Harbor.  Lady Liberty, as she is sometimes known, is a beacon of our nation’s values and a symbol of our history as a country of immigrants.  She turns her back in shame on this President today.”

In the Bronx

Congressman Serrano Stands with Colleagues in Opposition to President Trump’s Harsh and Anti-Immigrant Executive Actions

On Thursday, Congressman Serrano joined Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and other local elected officials to protest President Trump’s immigration executive action and discuss how the announcement will impact the local community and immigrant families.

“As a so called ‘sanctuary city’, New York City may face cuts in federal funding for key security initiatives for failing to comply with federal immigration agents and immigrant families will have to live in fear that a loved one may be departed, leading to greater fear, uncertainty, and insecurity in our community. We can’t allow President Trump to go through with his proposal and I will do everything in my power as a member of the Appropriations committe to prevent him from doing so,” said Congressman Serrano.

Tuesday February 2, 2016: Deadline to Enroll for ACA Health Insurance

The deadline to get covered with Affordable Care Act health insurance is fast approaching. Congressman Serrano wants to make sure you know of all of the resources that are available. If you live in New York City please visit to get information on how to sign-up.

You can also visit to see a calendar of community events where you can #GetCoveredNYC. If you need help with the enrollment process you can also visit to make an appointment with an In-Person Assistors.

Please remember to get covered before the January 31st, 2017 deadline. Individuals that do not enroll will face fines of up to $695 per adult and $347 per child.