Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XVI, Issue #45

Mar 11, 2019
The Serrano Report

In Washington D.C. 

Congressman Serrano Leads Hearing on Immigration Courts

Congressman Serrano, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, led a hearing on the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the nation’s immigration court system. James McHenry, Director of EOIR testified before the Committee to discuss various issues related to the agency. EOIR is tasked with adjudicating immigration cases, Congressman Serrano was an early opponent of the agency’s decision to establish a quota for immigration lawyers. Watch his full line of questioning by clicking below: 


Congressman Serrano Meets with NALEO Educational Fund CEO to Discuss 2020 Census

Congressman Serrano met with Arturo Vargas, CEO of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, to discuss the 2020 Census. In his role as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, oversees funding for the 2020 Census and has been a strong opponent of the inclusion of a citizenship question.

“Asking respondents’ citizenship status is unwarranted on policy grounds, will discourage immigrants’ and minority communities’ participation, and ultimately undermine the only mechanism we have to obtain critical data every 10 years. The Census is the only constitutional tool we have at our disposal to gain an accurate picture of U.S. society, to ensure a fair distribution of resources, and to guarantee just representation in Congress. We must continue fighting in Congress to ensure we protect the Census from this Administration’s efforts to erase a large segment of American society from this process. As the top Democrat on Appropriations Subcommittee funding the Census, I will continue to fight for a fair and accurate count,” said Congressman Serrano.

Congressman Serrano Meets with Ocean Conservancy

Congressman Serrano met with Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, and their group of ocean experts, educators, students & leaders to discuss the role of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) in helping our ocean & communities. In his role as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, Congressman Serrano oversees funding for NOAA and has been a strong supporter of this agency. 

“I believe NOAA is one of the most underrated agencies under the jurisdiction of this subcommittee. The invaluable work and research that NOAA quietly conducts each year has a profound impact on our national economy and way of life, yet so many Americans do not even realize it. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes to our climate, weather, oceans, and coasts. The data and information it collects is used by businesses, other federal government agencies, and state and local governments to help them make informed decisions that affect consumers and the public at large. NOAA also protects and manages our nation’s oceans and marine resources that make up a large part of the beautiful American landscape,” said Congressman Serrano. 

Congressman Serrano Meets with Rita Moreno

Congressman Serrano and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior welcomed Rita Moreno to discuss the importance of the National Endowment for the Arts and the need for further commitment to the arts in our nation. Congressman Serrano is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and has been a longtime supporter of the arts.

“Arts and cultural projects enrich our community and allow our artists and performers to develop their talents and showcase their creative work. They also serve as an important tourism magnet and job creator. It was a pleasure to meet with the legendary Rita Moreno and join her in supporting the National Endowment for the Arts and the arts in our nation,” said Congressman Serrano. 

In the Bronx 

Congressman Serrano Announces Nearly $1 Million in NSF Funding for CUNY Hostos Community College

Congressman Serrano announced that CUNY Hostos Community College was awarded $999,400 in funding for the Engineering Academic Talent Scholarship Program that builds on their previous NSF-funded project “Bridges to Engineering Success for Transfers” Program. The Bridges program helped to establish a Joint Dual Engineering Degree Program between Hostos Community College and the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). 

This new grant comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, which supports the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need. Over five years, the funding for Hostos Community College will allow the school to offer up to 110 annual scholarships with full financial support for up to four years of study, including up to two years at Hostos Community College and up to two years at the Grove School of Engineering Engineering at the City University of New York (CUNY). Congressman Serrano oversees NSF funding as the Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee.

“This grant will help Hostos Community College provide robust support to low-income students pursuing engineering degrees.  It will also help our community, which has been underrepresented in STEM fields for too long, to continue to prosper.  NSF grants, such as this one, help the United States remain a world leader in the sciences.  As the Chairman of CJS Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing NSF funding, I thank the Foundation for investing in The Bronx,” said Congressman Serrano.

For more information on this NSF grant, please click here.

Congressman Serrano Meets with New York City’s YMCA

Congressman Serrano welcomed New York City’s YMCA and their Youth Advocates to discuss issues in their community as well as the La Central project in the Bronx. La Central is an affordable housing complex project that will include a 50,000-square-foot YMCA. Congressman Serrano is a strong supporter of public housing and youth empowerment, he has continuously supported housing projects that are inclusive to community input throughout New York City, specifically in the Bronx.