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Congressman Gonzalez Follows Up on Ivanka Trump Invitation to the Border

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today sent a follow-up letter to Ivanka Trump, First Daughter and Advisor to the President of the United States, renewing her invitation to visit the U.S.-Mexico Border and meet the children and families impacted by the administration’s zero-tolerance policy. This letter also invites Ms. Trump to work together on bipartisan solutions that address the push factors for irregular migration – years of failed American foreign policy.

“It would be an honor to welcome Ivanka Trump to South Texas and work together to reunite families and create opportunities,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “Together, I believe that we can chart a more humane and prosperous course for our country and our Hemisphere.”

This spring, Congressman Gonzalez visited El Salvador and Guatemala with Sister Norma Pimentel, the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. The delegation discussed ways the U.S. is partnering with these nations to promote prosperity, bring security, and create additional educational, employment, and investment opportunities.

Read the full letter here:

August 20, 2018

Ms. Ivanka Trump
First Daughter and Advisor to the President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

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Dear Ms. Trump,

Your invitation to visit the U.S.-Mexico Border and meet the  children and families impacted by the family separation crisis, remains open. It would be my honor to introduce you to Sister Norma Pimentel, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, a stalwart in our community who has dedicated her life to treating every person crossing our border with dignity and respect. South Texans like Sister Norma stand ready to forge a more humane and prosperous path forward for our country and the entire Western Hemisphere – with you.

Furthermore, I would like to open the door to you and the administration to directly work on bipartisan solutions to address the issue at the root of the problem – years of failed American foreign policy in Central America. Earlier this year, Sister Norma and I visited El Salvador and Guatemala to meet with key government officials and members of the private sector and civil society. We discussed ways to improve bilateral cooperation on an array of issues, including developing methods to reduce crime, invest in economic development, and expand access to education. These are just some of the ways that we can incentivize individuals to stay in their home countries and see our neighbors in Central America flourish.

Again, I would like to thank you for your commitment to our country. I am incredibly proud to represent a region filled with remarkable individuals who share your drive and commitment to serve others. It would be our privilege to welcome the First Daughter and Advisor to the President of the United States and begin this conversation.

Should you have any questions, please have your staff contact Chief of Staff Jose Borjon at (202) 225-2531. Please let me know if you are available to visit us in South Texas. I look forward to hearing from you.

Most respectfully,

Vicente Gonzalez
Member of Congress

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