WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Raúl Grijalva’s (D-AZ) legislation designating the United States Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, as the “Raúl Hector Castro Port of Entry,” unanimously passed in the United States Senate. This follows its unanimous passage in the House of Representatives on April 28th, and clears the way for President Obama to sign it into law.
“With today’s vote, both chambers of Congress have unanimously recognized the great life of service that Raúl Hector Castro led for Arizonans and the American people,” said Rep. Grijalva. “He fought the prejudices of his time, rising above injustice to become a lawyer, judge, ambassador and historic governor of Arizona.”
“Governor Castro’s story is so powerful today because it is the quintessential immigrant story,” Grijalva continued. “As our nation struggles to fix its broken immigration system, I can think of no greater example of the tremendous impact that immigrants have on our society than Governor Castro’s.
“We lost Governor Castro in April of this year, but his lessons continue to guide us. I am grateful that we were able to pass this bill in time for his memorial services this weekend. I thank the entire Arizona House Delegation, as well as Senators Flake and McCain, helping ensure this honor came in time.
“Raúl Hector Castro is one of the most powerful examples of the American Dream, and it is only fitting that we honor a man who embodied the opportunities our borders offer by naming a Port of Entry after him in the very region he grew up in.”