Who Is Texas Congressional Candidate Jessica Cisneros?

DEMOCRAT Jessica Cisneros is running for a congressional seat in Texas’ 28th District.

She is up against conservative bipartisan Democrat Henry Cuellar, who currently holds the congressional seat.

Jessica Cisneros is running for Congress in Texas


Jessica Cisneros is running for Congress in Texas

Who is Jessica Cisneros?

Jessica Cisneros is a Mexican-American immigration and human rights attorney and is now running for Congress in the 2022 election.

She is originally from Laredo, Texas, where her family moved from Mexico after her sister became seriously ill to receive treatment only the US could offer.

Her father worked on a farm picking fruit and later started his own trucking business to support the family and pay for Cisneros and her sister’s schooling.

While a student at the University of Texas Law School, Cisneros worked with the faculty to create the Women Immigration Detention Assistance Project.

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The project worked to create opportunities to support asylum seekers in the US at the Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas.

Her inspiration to study immigration law came from watching her parents struggle to get health care and welfare after moving to the United States.

She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and has received the Law Fellowships Excellence in Public Interest Award, the Pro Bono Award, the Spirit of Community Award from the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association, and the Dean’s Achievement Award for the top immigration law student, according to her website.

Cisneros ran against Cuellar in the 2020 congressional election, but lost to the conservative Democrat, who remains the last anti-abortion critic in the party.

What are their guidelines?

Cisneros is fighting to support US veterans, expand Social Security benefits and others including:

  • healthcare – Ensure medical coverage for all citizens and strengthen medical coverage for all, including eliminating premiums and deductibles and expanding coverage to include dental, hearing, vision and mental health.
  • immigration – Create an easier path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
  • Reproduction Rights – Providing quality reproductive care and improved access to abortion.
  • right to vote – Increased support for the For The People Act, which expands voting access and allows 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to vote.
  • economic justice – Strengthen labor laws that allow workers to negotiate safer working conditions, higher wages and benefits.
  • armed force – Introduce more background checks on those who buy guns, and ban stockpiles, high-capacity magazines, and weapons of war.
  • Renewable energy – Support for the Green New Deal, which envisages a transition to renewable energy using wind and solar power to reduce the cost of the renewable energy grid.
  • training – Implement a universal preschool tuition-free public college and trade school and eliminate student debt.
  • And more…
Jessica Cisneros is up against Democrat Henry Cuellar


Jessica Cisneros is up against Democrat Henry CuellarPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

What did Jessica Cisneros say about running for congressional elections?

Cisneros and Cuellar are up against each other in the 2020 elections.

Cuellar has claimed that Cisneros “disappoint the police and border control” and is strongly opposed to her stance on abortion and “women’s suffrage”.

However, Cisneros told The Guardian: “What people have been telling us over and over again was that you know things don’t work the way they are now and that they are a different version – an alternative version – of the South want Texas to look like that because they felt like they were being taken for granted.”

She added, “When we talk about the minimum wage increase and Medicare for All, these are questions around the kitchen table that people worry a lot more about.

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“…Change doesn’t happen overnight. Every little thing we do every single day helps us build a better future.

“But I know if we win on May 24, I really hope that’s the start of a change in South Texas.”

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