Foreign Affairs

As the first Dominican American to serve in Congress, Congressmember Adriano Espaillat is honored to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee.

Since the initial wave of Dominican migration in the 1960s to the most recent arrivals of today, Dominicans and Dominican-Americans have worked hard to contribute to the national identity of the United States, educating people on their customs and enriching the quality of our shared futures. Contributions from Dominican-Americans can be found in every facet of United States life, including Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Baseball Giant “Big Papi,” Novelist Julia Alvarez, and Actress Zoe Saldana. That is why Congressmember Adriano Espaillat introduced a resolution supporting the establishment of a national month of recognition for Dominican-Americans to honor Dominican people and their contributions. He also introduced a resolution supporting the establishment of a national day of recognition for Juan Pablo Duarte to honor the founding father or the Dominican Republic.

In Congress, Congressmember Adriano Espaillat has been pushing for:

  • Emergency Preparedness in the Caribbean
  • U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America
  • Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI)
  • Investing in Energy Potential in the Caribbean
  • Funding for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Congressmember Adriano Espaillat is also concerned with funding the State Department, and believes in the importance of diplomacy. He is also concerned with national security. That is why he introduced the Make Our Government Safe Act, which would amend the National Security Act of 1947 to prevent anyone from serving on the National Security Council who has made the statements that Steve Bannon did about taking down the system. His bill would prevent someone who has threatened to destroy the government from participating in or attending National Security Council meetings.

More on Foreign Affairs

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced that the House has adopted his amendment to increase critical funding for security cooperation with Caribbean nations to fight illicit drug trafficking and prevent escalating violence. Rep. Espaillat’s amendment provides for a $2 million increase of the minimum funding level for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of World Refugee Day:


“Today, on World Refugee Day, we reflect on our continuing obligation to provide protections and asylum for the millions who have fled their homes due to persecution and fear when faced with unimaginable challenges,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).


May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in reflection on the significance of Yom Hashoah:


“Today on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we take this opportunity to reflect on the systematic genocide of six million Jewish fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters, alongside millions of other ethnic minorities and political prisoners, and the impact felt around the world,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).


April 18, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NYRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in response to today’s press conference from Attorney General William Barr on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.


April 11, 2019 Press Release


Washington D.C. – Congress Members Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) and Eliot Engel (NY-16) have written to FBI Director Christopher Wray calling for an FBI investigation into the deaths of Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle, two Mount Vernon, New York residents who died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.


April 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) and Chuy García (IL-04) led more than 60 of their colleagues in an effort to prevent U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from closing its international field offices.  Last month, the agency announced it would close nearly two-dozen offices in 21 countries around the globe that assist with refugee and asylum cases, help Americans who are adopting children from abroad, and process applications to reunite families.  The offices also work to combat immigration fraud.

April 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) introduced a series of legislation to specifically address impropriety of the Trump administration and to demand transparency and accountability from the White House as new policy proposals are introduced.


March 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) addressed the impact of corruption on local communities throughout Latin America during today’s hearing held by the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade entitled: Understanding Odebrecht: Lessons for Combating Corruption in the Americas.


March 15, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in response to the tragedies at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.