Marc's Memo - July 2015 Highlights
As I prepare to return to the Metroplex for the August district work period, I want to share a few key highlights from the month of July. This last month, I was proud to introduce key legislation to protect vulnerable immigrants from fraud, better inform TX-33 residents on the latest developments in the ongoing immigration policy debate, and spend the day working at one of the Metroplex’s affordable housing developments.
As always, I invite you to connect with me through my official website, Facebook page, and Twitter account and by subscribing to my e-newsletter to stay informed on what I am working on in the district and in D.C.
Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33
Rep. Veasey Re-Introduces Notario Victim Relief Act to Expand Legal Protections for Fraud Victims
On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, I was proud to reintroduce H.R. 3069, the Notario Victim Relief Act that will assist immigrants who have been victims of fraudulent immigration practices. “Notario fraud” happens when an unauthorized immigration consultant, sometimes known as a “notario” or “notario público” provides legal advice or services without legal authorization. This legislation is just the first step towards stopping fraudulent immigration services in our nation and ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society receive the justice they deserve.
To read my full statement on the reintroduction of the Notario Victim Relief Act, click here.
TX-33 learns about the latest immigration developments and how to protect against notario fraud with special guest, Congressman Luis Gutierrez
On Saturday, July 18, 2015, over 100 TX-33 residents joined me and special guests Congressman Luis Gutierrez; Douglas Interiano, Executive Director of Proyecto Inmigrante Immigration Counseling Services (ICS), Inc; Shelley Hennessee, attorney and member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Texas Chapter; and Margarita Morton Esq., Immigration attorney with Catholic Charities Fort Worth, to learn how to prepare for immigration policy changes as the nation awaits the next steps to implement or stall President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions.
Participants in this important event learned about the latest developments within immigration law and who is and is not qualified to provide legal immigration services.
I want to thank TX-33 residents for making this event a huge success and I look forward hosting more events that connect you with the information and resources you need.
Caption: At Dallas’ DACA / DAPA informational forum, immigration lawyer Shelley Hennessee addresses a packed room of TX-33 residents explaining the differences between the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the eligibility criteria for the expanded DACA and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program.
Caption: At Fort Worth’s DACA / DAPA informational forum, Congressman Veasey welcomes TX-33 participants and encourages them to ask any questions they may have about his recent Notario Victim Relief Act bill or the latest immigration policy developments.
Congressman Veasey experiences the hard work necessary to maintain affordable housing developments
On Monday, July 20, 2015, I braved the Texas heat to join Taylor’s Farm apartments’ maintenance crew to learn firsthand about the behind-the-scenes work necessary to upkeep an affordable housing development for my July “Marc Means Business” work day.
I was glad to work alongside the maintenance technician crew performing door-to-door trash pickup, conducting ground sweeps, and fulfilling tenant maintenance orders, such as fixing appliances and detailing the property’s elevator.
Caption: During July’s “Marc Means Business” work day, maintenance supervisor Jesus Martinez and Congressman Veasey work together to complete Taylor’s Farms apartment complex’s door-to-door trash pickup.
Caption: Representative Veasey works in the Texas heat picking up loose trash in Taylor’s Farm apartment complex to make sure that residents have a clean facility to raise their families.
To view the full July ‘Marc Means Business’ work day photo gallery, visit my official Flickr page here.
SAVE THE DATES!
In the coming months, I will be hosting a variety of events in the DFW Metroplex addressing issues TX-33 residents care about such as federal grant writing, job growth, and honoring our nation’s veterans.
August Town Hall Meetings
During the August District Work Period, I will host two town halls for you to to share your voice, thoughts, and concerns on issues that directly affect you and your community.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Hampton-Illinois Branch Library
6:00 – 7:30 PM
2951 South Hampton Road
Dallas, TX 75224
NEW DATE, SAME LOCATION
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Forest Hill Library
6:00 – 7:30 PM
6962 Forest Hill Dr.
Forest Hill, TX 76140
Grant Writing Workshop
I would like to invite local non-profit organizations, faith based associations, and neighborhood associations to my Grant Writing Workshop to learn how to apply for federal grants to support their community based projects. Free lunch will be included.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Veterans Park Event Center
(Directly next to the Grand Prairie Main Library)
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
925 Conover Dr.
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Congressional Veteran Commendation
The Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC) is a nominations-based program designed to recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of veterans of the Thirty-third Congressional District of Texas. If you would like to nominate yourself or a veteran you know for this award, contact my district offices at (817) 920 – 9086 or (214) 741-1387.
Deadline for nominations is Monday, October 5, 2015.
Annual Job Fair
On Friday, November 20, 2015, I will host my annual free job fair to connect dozens of employers with hundreds of job seekers in the Metroplex region. Featured workshops on topics such as networking and resume writing will also be available.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Forest Hill Civic & Convention Center
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
6901 Wichita St.
Forest Hill, TX 76140
For more information, please contact my district offices at (817) 920 – 9086 or (214) 741-1387.