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30,000 Migrant Children Could Be Separated From Families By August, Costa Says

BY RORY APPLETON
The Fresno Bee

Rep. Jim Costa visited the U.S.-Mexico border Monday to learn what challenges border patrol agents face on a daily basis and see an increasingly controversial policy with his own eyes on the eve of a possible House vote on immigration reform.

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California Central Valley Congressman Keeps Up Pressure For Real Immigration Solutions

Sierra Sun Times

June 17, 2018 - Washington, D.C. – As it looks increasingly likely that the House will consider some type of immigration bill in the coming weeks, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) continues to actively work for fair, commonsense, and effective immigration policy.

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No Denial Here: Solving California's Water Problems Remains A Top Priority

BY JIM COSTA
The Fresno Bee

In a May 10 column on Temperance Flat Reservoir, Bee columnist Marek Warszawski called out local lawmakers who supported the project and said we were in a “state of denial.”

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Congress Passes Law Allowing National Cemetery Burials For 'Secret War' Veterans

BY AGNES CONSTANTE
NBCNews.com

The law allows some Hmong- and Laotian-American veterans to be buried in U.S. national cemeteries, excluding Arlington National Cemetery.

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California Central Valley Congressman Jim Costa Continues Fight For Commonsense & Fair Immigration Law Enforcement, Leads Hispanic Caucus In Calling For End To Work Site Audits

Sierra Sun Times

March 29, 2018 - Washington, D.C. – In a letter released late last week, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) led his fellow Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members in calling on Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan to redirect ICE’s limited resources from the recently increasing number of I-9 work site audits to more strategic and effective vehicles for law enforcement and ensuring community safety.

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Costa: More ICE Audits Will Have 'Severe And Disproportionate' Impact On Valley Business

BY MACKENZIE MAYS
The Fresno Bee

Fresno Congressman Jim Costa is urging federal immigration agents to cut back on workplace audits, saying they will have a “severe and disproportionate” impact on agricultural communities in the Valley.

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USDA secretary asked to help increase milk prices

Visalia Times Delta

A group of 61 members of the U.S. Senate and House have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to take action to raise prices dairies across the country are paid for their milk.

“We write today to express our concern about the troubling economic challenges facing U.S. dairy farmers and the entire U.S. dairy industry,” states the letter sent Thursday by lawmakers that included California Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno.

Milk prices have been on a decline nationally since 2009, though they did peak briefly to record-high levels in 2014 before declining again.

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Congressman Jim Costa Announces Endowment at AUA

Asbarez.com

YEREVAN—Congressman Jim Costa from California’s 16th Congressional District toured the American University of Armenia (AUA) on July 20th, as part of a four-day visit to Armenia, which included meetings with Armenian lawmakers. Over 150 people joined US Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills and Honorary Consul of Armenia to Fresno Berj Apkarian in hearing Rep. Costa speak about US-Armenia relations and the role of AUA.

In his remarks, Rep. Costa proudly announced the establishment of an endowment at AUA by Fresno resident Edward Kashian, reflecting the close existing relationship between California State University, Fresno (CSU Fresno) and AUA. He also touched upon his efforts in Congress, the worldwide political climate, the 2016 US presidential election, the realities of today’s Armenian-American community in Fresno, as well as the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh).

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Valley congressmen in competitive races flex fundraising muscle

BY JOHN ELLIS
The Fresno Bee

As the fall campaign season prepares to kick into high gear, incumbents in the central San Joaquin Valley’s two competitive congressional districts are in commanding financial positions.

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Johnny Tacherra back for third try at seat held by Jim Costa

BY TIM SHEEHAN
The Fresno Bee

Johnny Tacherra advanced to a third try at Congress, highlighting the central San Joaquin Valley’s November congressional races that took shape Tuesday.

All five of the region’s incumbents had an easy time in the primary, which winnows the field to two regardless of party for the November general election.

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