Hurd on the Hill Columns
This January marks a historic event—the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). This bipartisan law established a framework to combat human trafficking across the globe. Unfortunately, although this law made major strides to combat human trafficking, this form of modern-day slavery is still pervasive around the world.
Over the past week, you may have seen news coverage of the death of Qassem Soleimani and escalating tensions between the United States and Iran. The events that have unfolded over the last few weeks have made it even clearer that the Iranian regime and its proxies are the responsible parties for the escalation of tensions between our two countries.
The U.S. House has done its job: The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement has been passed and is on its way to the U.S. Senate. Those of us who live and work in South and West Texas know well that the United States and Mexico share a very special economic relationship. We count on cross-border commerce to serve as an economic engine across local communities.
Down in Boerne, Texas, there is a very special group of women with hearts of gold who dedicate their time to serving female active-duty military members, veterans and their families. Last week I had the pleasure of spending time with the Pink Berets to learn about their philosophy, their mission and the good work they do helping female veterans in our community.
Since November is the Month of the Military Family, I asked my San Antonio District Representative Don Vasser to share his experiences as a member of a military family for this week’s Hurd on the Hill column. I hope you enjoy his story. – Will
As our world becomes more interconnected it is important to take step back and recognize good cyber practices and come together to make sure we are prepared for future challenges.
The month of October brings with it many recognizable trends: the early signs of fall, stores filled with Halloween décor, pumpkin patches and pink ribbons – the universal symbol for breast cancer awareness.
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from September 15th to October 15th to honor the many Latino Americans who have shaped our nation’s history and culture and continue to do so each day. The United States of America is stronger because of the past, present and future contributions that Latinos have made across our communities, and there is no better example than here in Texas.
Almost every American has a family member or knows someone who has served in our Armed Forces. However, fewer of us know someone who gave their life to protect the very freedoms we enjoy today.
There’s no question that our South and West Texas communities are bearing the brunt of the immigration crisis. When crisscrossing the 23rd District of Texas I consistently hear that folks I represent are concerned about the influx of migrants and subsequent releases by the Customs and Border Protection.