Engel hits road to tackle immigration


While President Trump believes virtually closing the country’s southern border with Mexico will make a significant impact on immigration there, U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel has a different idea. And he used a recent trip to El Salvador and Honduras with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to help drive that point home.

“In both countries, we saw the positive impact of U.S. assistance in addressing the long-term challenges that drive child and family migration,” Engel said, in a release. “It is urgent that this assistance be restored. Likewise, temporary protected status for individuals from both countries must be immediately extended.”

Engel also cited new El Salvador president Nayib Bukele for his efforts to combat corruption within his government.

“Improving the rule of law in El Salvador will help create the conditions on the ground that encourage citizens to remain in country and not make the dangerous journey north to the U.S.-Mexico border,” Engel said.

The Congressman continues to push H.R. 2615, better known as the United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act, which he says will restore foreign assistance to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. That bill passed the House last month, but has not moved in the Senate.


Dinowitz shares space with Espaillat

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz has a roommate, and it’s a congressman.

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat has opened a new Bronx district office inside Dinowitz’s house-like office at 3107 Kingsbridge Ave., just off West 231st Street.

“Here in the Bronx, our strength lies in our unity and teamwork in order to serve the people of our communities,” Dinowitz said, in a release. “Constituent services are one of the most fulfilling (and challenging) aspects of being an elected representative. I am proud to open our space to Congressman Espaillat and his staff, and look forward to a productive partnership to accomplish fantastic things for our constituents in the Northwest Bronx.”

Espaillat also maintains district offices in Harlem and Washington Heights.