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Congressman Ruben Gallego

Representing the 7th District of Arizona

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January 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC ­– Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) announced that his guest at the 2018 State of the Union address will be Antonio Valdovinos of Phoenix, Arizona. Each year, Members of Congress are permitted one guest to attend the President’s address.

January 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC ­– Today, Reps. Ruben Gallego and Kyrsten Sinema wrote to Acting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Daniel Elwell regarding the FAA’s plans for community outreach in connection with the restoration of pre-2014 flight paths at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) and the subsequent development of new routes for aircraft departing Phoenix. 

January 9, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC ­– Today, Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) wrote to the American Hotel & Lodging Association requesting the establishment of formal industry standards encouraging hotel chains to protect their guests from warrantless intrusions by federal immigration authorities or other law enforcement agencies.

December 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC ­– Rep. Ruben Gallego issued the following statement:

“When President Trump ended the DACA program, he cast thousands of young people – our friends, our neighbors, and our colleagues – into a world of uncertainty and fear.

“It takes immense courage to stand up to power at any time, but even more so when your life as you know it is at great risk. I have the utmost admiration and respect for the Dreamers who are taking a stand and fighting for their right to continue to live and work in the country they call home.

November 30, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC ­– Rep. Ruben Gallego released the following statement in response to the agreement reached by the City of Phoenix, neighborhood associations, and the federal government to reverse changes to departure flight paths at Sky Harbor airport that were implemented in 2014:

November 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC ­– Today, Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Congressman José Serrano (D-NY), Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA), and Congressman Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX) wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to clarify his position on whether the federal government should be permitted to use eminent domain to obtain land for the construction of President Trump’s border wall. 

November 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC ­– Today, Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) wrote to the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Phoenix Field Office, Enrique Lucero, requesting data and policy documents related to the agency’s operations in Arizona.  Citing the recent Motel 6 scandal and the deportation of immigrant parents who posed no danger to their communities, the letter states that ICE’s actions in the state have called Lucero’s leadership into question and fed demands for greater transparency regarding the agency’s enforcement priorities.   

September 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC ­– Today, Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) wrote to Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan demanding answers in the wake of reports that the agency regularly obtained guest lists from two Phoenix-area Motel 6 locations and used that information to question and detain individuals believed to be undocumented.

August 23, 2017 Press Release

 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), issued the following statement in response to the protests and police actions following President Trump’s rally held in Phoenix:    

“Thousands of peaceful demonstrators gathered on Tuesday afternoon for several hours to exercise their first amendment right to assemble and express their freedom of speech.  Towards the end of the rally, however, the situation escalated quickly. 

August 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Hoy, los Congresistas Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Raul Grijalva (AZ-03) y Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) enviaron una carta al presidente Donald Trump, instándole a no emitir un perdón presidencial para Joe Arpaio, el ex sherif del condado de Maricopa.

Esta semana, Fox News informó que el president dijo que estaba “considerando seriamente” el pérdon para Arpaio, quien fue condenado por desacato criminal por ignorar la orden de un juez de detener las patrullas de tráfico dirigidas a sospechosos de inmigrantes indocumentados.