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Cruz pleased with Pa. Real ID extension granted by Homeland Security

(Jun 21, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, June 21 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said he is pleased with the Real ID extension granted to Pennsylvania by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “This extension helps us ensure people won’t face difficulty using their IDs and driver's licenses for air travel or visits to federal facilities. Now thousands of Philadelphians, Latinos, Asians and residents of other races will continue to be able to visit their families back in their home countries,” Cruz said. “In the meantime, PennDOT is working tirelessly to start issuing Real ID compliant forms of identification.” The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Friday that Pennsylvania has been granted a Real ID enforcement extension through Oct. 10, 2017, which means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through that date. DHS had previously granted Pennsylvania an enforcement grace period through July 10, 2017, while PennDOT's request for an extension was pending final review. “Preliminary work on Real ID has begun, and PennDOT estimates Real ID-compliant driver's licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer’s option in 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who want a Real ID product to obtain one before the final DHS effective date of October 1, 2020,” Cruz said. The federal Real ID Act of 2005 was established by Congress and Read more

 

Complacido Cruz con extensión de Real ID otorgada a Pensilvania por Seguridad Nacional

(Jun 21, 2017)

Filadelfia, Junio 21 – El representante estatal Ángel Cruz, D-Fila., dijo que está complacido con la extensión de la Ley de Identificación Verdadera –conocida como Real ID Act– otorgada a Pensilvania por el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de los Estados Unidos. "Esta extensión nos ayuda a asegurar que la gente no tenga dificultades para usar sus identificaciones y licencias de conducir para viajes aéreos domésticos o visitas a instalaciones federales. Ahora miles de residentes de Filadelfia –latinos, asiáticos y de otras razas– podrán continuar visitando a sus familias en sus países de origen", dijo Cruz. "Mientras tanto, PennDOT está trabajando sin descanso para comenzar a emitir identificaciones y licencias de conducir en cumplimiento con el Real ID Act”. El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de los Estados Unidos (DHS, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció el viernes que otorgó una extensión de la Ley de Identificación Verdadera a Pensilvania hasta el 10 de octubre de 2017, lo que significa que los residentes del estado no tendrán problemas de acceso a instalaciones federales hasta esa fecha. Previamente, el DHS había concedido a Pensilvania un período de gracia hasta el 10 de julio de 2017, mientras que la petición de PennDOT estaba pendiente de revisión final. "El Read more

 

Cruz urges Congress to recognize and act on Puerto Rico’s plebiscite results

(Jun 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., introduced House Resolution 404 urging the U.S. Congress to recognize and act upon the results of the Puerto Rican status plebiscite held on Sunday. “A majority of the voters rejected the continuation of Puerto Rico’s current unsustainable territorial status. More than 90 percent of the ballots cast were in favor of statehood,” Cruz said. “It’s time for Congress to act, to finally treat the American citizens of Puerto Rico equally.” Since Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory, Congress has passed statutes establishing a civilian government, extending U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans, allowing the creation of a bill of rights and a constitution for the island. Yet, Puerto Ricans have only one nonvoting member in the U.S. House of Representatives and they cannot vote in presidential elections unless they move to one of the 50 states. “This is a matter of equal rights. Puerto Ricans are tired of existing as American citizens to whom their citizenship rights are denied. How is it possible that if an American citizen resident of Puerto Rico moves to the continental U.S. he or she will gain rights and vice versa he or she will lose rights? That doesn’t make sense.” The United States currently has 16 territories outside of the 50 states, of which only five are inhabited: Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Mariana Islands and American Samoa. Of Read more

 

Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month resolution unanimously adopted in House

(Jun 08, 2017)

Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month resolution unanimously adopted in House PHILADELPHIA, June 8 – A resolution (H.R. 372) sponsored by state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., designating June 2017 as Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives. The state recognition coincides with National Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month. CMV is a common virus that infects people of all ages and remains with a person for life. Over half of all adults living with CMV are infected by age 40. Most people show no signs of CMV, and if they do, symptoms are often mild. However, CMV can cause serious health problems to those with weakened immune systems, as well as babies infected with the virus before they are born. Pregnant women can contract CMV and the virus can be passed down to the baby. CMV is the most common congenital infection in the United States with one in every 150 babies being born with congenital CMV each year. More than 5,000 of these babies will develop permanent problems such as hearing loss, vision loss or developmental disabilities. An estimated 400 babies die each year from the infection. CMV causes more long-term health problems than Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome and spina bifida. “This is a serious public health issue and I am glad that my colleagues have unanimously adopted the resolution,” Cruz said. “Countless babies die each year from CMV and designating June 2017 as CMV Read more

 

Cruz: Cámara de Representantes aprueba proyecto para atender Puente Aéreo

(Jun 07, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Junio 7 – La Cámara de Representantes aprobó hoy el Proyecto de Ley 119 , que busca regular las casas de recuperación que reciben a usuarios de drogas provenientes de Puerto Rico y que se convierten en víctimas del puente aéreo. La legislación fue aprobada con una enmienda sometida por el representante estatal Ángel Cruz, D-Fila. La enmienda prohibe que los dueños o administradores de las casas de recuperación obliguen a los residentes entregar los beneficios que reciben a través de los programas de asistencia del estado. Asimismo, requiere que las instituciones que no cumplan con las regulaciones locales, estatales o federales sean referidas a las autoridades correspondientes para iniciar una investigación. “Mi enmienda asegura que se atienda de manera más específica la situación del Puente Aéreo”, dijo Cruz. “Familias envían a sus seres queridos a Filadelfia para que reciban tratamiento, pero ese tratamiento no está disponible. En cambio, son prisioneros de casas de recuperación que no están reguladas y que les quitan el dinero, la asistencia nutricional y otras ayudas del gobierno como paga por su estadía. Este es un paso importante, pero aún queda mucho por hacer”, añadió. El puente aéreo es una campaña que promete tratamiento efectivo a usuarios de Read more

 

Bill with Cruz amendment to address 'Air Bridge' issue passes House

(Jun 07, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 7 – The state House of Representatives today passed a bill ( H.B. 119 ) that includes an amendment by Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., designed to address the "Air Bridge" issue. Cruz’ amendment would ban the owners, administrators and employees of recovery houses from requiring residents to sign over their public assistance benefits. It would also ensure that all drug and alcohol recovery houses throughout Pennsylvania not in compliance with federal, state or local law be referred to the appropriate agency for further investigation. "My amendment to the welfare code is important in making sure that the “Air Bridge” issue is resolved," Cruz said. "Families sent their relatives from Puerto Rico to Philadelphia to get treatment for drug addiction, but quality treatment options were not provided. Instead, they were prisoners of unregulated recovery homes that stole their money, food stamps and other government assistance in return for their stay. This is a big step to resolving the issue, but we can do more." Air Bridge is a network that promised Puerto Rican drug addicts treatment in lavish recovery houses in cities like Philadelphia. However, once individuals arrive to receive treatment, they are taken to live in rundown homes, share beds with several other people, and are forced to relinquish their food stamps and other public assistance benefits. In April, Cruz chaired a hearing in Philadelphia to Read more

 

Cruz: Real ID bill signed into law, Pa. on track to meet compliance deadline

(Jun 05, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, June 5 – Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law the bill that would help put Pennsylvania in line with federal Real ID rules and ensure that state residents don’t face difficulty using their IDs for air travel or visits to federal facilities, said state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila. “Pennsylvania, and more specifically Philadelphia has experienced significant changes in its ethnic and racial composition over the last two decades. That’s why this law is especially important for us. Thousands of Latinos, Asians and residents of other races often visit their families back in their home countries. This will allow them to continue to do so, obtaining a compliant Real ID,” said Cruz. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will provide Pennsylvanians the option of choosing a standard driver’s license or photo ID card, or IDs that are Real ID-compliant. Before those changes can take effect, the federal Department of Homeland Security is expected to issue extensions that would allow Pennsylvanians to continue using their standard driver's license to fly and access federal buildings until 2020. The federal Real ID Act of 2005 was established by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush on recommendation by the 9/11 Commission after the Sept. 11 attacks. That law requires driver's licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and to be issued to people to prove they are legally in the United States. Pennsylvania Read more

 

Cruz honors writer and art director Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

(May 30, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 30 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., on Saturday honored Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez with a citation for his accomplishments as a writer and agent for social change. Miranda-Rodriguez is the art director and owner of Somos Arte, a Brooklyn-based production studio, and a writer for Marvel Comics. He is also the creator and author of La Borinqueña, a popular comic book that highlights a female Puerto Rican superhero who fights both villains and the country’s financial crisis. The comic book gets its name from Puerto Rico’s national anthem. Cruz presented Miranda-Rodriguez the citation at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in the Kensington section of North Philadelphia. “It was an honor to present Edgardo with a citation highlighting his work to propel social change,” Cruz said. “We are excited that he has discovered a creative outlet to bring attention to and tackle issues facing Puerto Rico and its citizens. Through La Borinqueña, he has inspired Puerto Ricans everywhere to channel their inner strength to make their communities better.” Miranda-Rodriguez, originally from Bronx, NY, grew up in poverty and often faced discrimination as a Puerto Rican living in New York City. He cites his mother as the person who sparked his creative impulse in order to help him cope with the adversity he faced. To many, Miranda-Rodriguez’ work is a symbol of hope and patriotism for both Puerto Rico Read more

 

Cruz, House Human Services Committee discuss Puerto Rican Air Bridge

(Apr 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., hosted a House Human Services Committee hearing at Philadelphia City Hall to examine the pipeline that sends Puerto Rican drug addicts to Philadelphia -- known as Air Bridge -- and the effectiveness of the treatment users receive in recovery homes. “The Air Bridge is a money-making problem, and the people coming from Puerto Rico are the victims,” Cruz said. “Their families pay money for them to come to Philadelphia to get treatment, but when they arrive, options for treatment don’t exist. Instead, they’re prisoners of unregulated recovery homes that collect money, food stamps and other government assistance as payment for their stay.” Cruz, who represents the 180th Legislative District which also houses “the tracks” – a Conrail train trench -- where users live and seek drugs, is planning to introduce legislation intended to curb the exploitation of addicts, establishing standards that recovery homes would need to comply with in order to get state or federal money. Puerto Rican Sen. Carmelo Rios described the drug crisis in the island and attributed its inability to take appropriate actions to the insufficiency of funds due to Congressional budget cuts under the Affordable Care Act. The island’s Senate adopted a bipartisan effort to contribute with Pennsylvania’s lawmakers and develop a solution for both. Testifiers included Jose Benitez, Read more

 

Comité de Servicios Humanos de la Cámara de Representantes examina Puente Aéreo entre Puerto Rico y Filadelfia

(Apr 12, 2017)

FILADELFIA, Abril 12 – El representante estatal Ángel Cruz, D-Fila., organizó una audiencia pública en la alcaldía de la ciudad para analizar la práctica conocida como puente aéreo, que consiste en enviar puertorriqueños usuarios de drogas a recibir tratamiento en casas de recuperación en Filadelfia. “El puente aéreo es un negocio y los puertorriqueños son las víctimas”, dijo Cruz. “Las familias pagan para que ellos y ellas puedan venir a Filadelfia a recibir tratamiento, pero cuando llegan descubren no existe una opción real. En cambio, son presos de un sistema no regulado de casas de recuperación que retienen dinero, asistencia nutricional y otras ayudas gubernamentales como pago por su estadía”. Cruz, quien representa el Distrito Legislativo 180 –área de mayor concentración de usuarios de drogas víctimas del puente aéreo-, planifica presentar legislación para frenar la explotación de los adictos, estableciendo estándares que las casas de recuperación tendrían que cumplir para recibir fondos estatales o federales. El senador puertorriqueño Carmelo Ríos describió la crisis en la que se encuentra la isla y atribuyó la incapacidad de ofrecer tratamientos efectivos a la falta de fondos por causa de los recortes que aprobó el Congreso a Read more

 

Hundreds of senior citizens get SEPTA Key ID during Rep. Cruz’s events

(Apr 11, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 13 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced that over 200 senior citizens signed up for their SEPTA Key ID card during three events held recently in different housing facilities. “I know how important public transit is to our senior citizens and I want to make sure they are able to continue to use it to go to medical appointments, to the grocery store, and other various destinations. Public transportation is a convenient, efficient and vital resource for getting around the city,” Cruz said. Residents of Casa Caribe, Caribe Towers and Somerset Villas will now benefit from SEPTA Key, a modern fare payment and collection system being used by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. It offers seniors an alternative to using their Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued ID card. The new Key cards have contactless chips, so all riders will have to do is pass it across the face of the validator to pay for their ride. Read more

 

Cruz discusses his "Drug Test the Legislature" proposal with NPR

(Mar 21, 2017)

NPR speaks with Cruz about his bill to require drug testing for members of the Legislature Read more

 

State Rep From Philly Wants to Drug-Test His Peers

(Mar 21, 2017)

Angel Cruz, who represents West Kensington, is again pushing a bill that would require Pennsylvania elected officials to submit to drug testing. “It puts the fear of God in everybody,” he says. Read more

 

Cruz calls for action after state receives F grade on lead in school drinking water

(Mar 01, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., voiced his continued concern today for the safety of Pennsylvania’s drinking water after an analysis by PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center gave the state an F grade for preventing lead in drinking water in schools, in a report released on Feb. 28. “Last year Flint brought the dangers of lead poisoning to the forefront nationally; this report by PennEnvironment serves as a chilling reminder that the dangers are real and impact children in Pennsylvania,” Cruz said. “This is not an issue we can afford to take lightly, as the Department of Health has already shown some of Pennsylvania’s children have tested positive for high blood lead levels. This is especially alarming because there is no safe blood lead level in children.” According to PennEnvironment , Pennsylvania received an F grade because it has no required testing regimen for school drinking water, no limits on the allowable lead levels and no plan to remove lead infrastructure from its schools. The PennEnvironment report does note the City of Philadelphia passed an ordinance last December setting stricter limits on lead in drinking water, improving the public’s right-to-know on the issue and requiring testing of all school faucets and fountains. “PennEnvironment’s failing grade for Pennsylvania reinforces the need to take legislative action at the state level to test, monitor and address Read more

 

SEPTA Key Senior ID Card

(Mar 01, 2017)

Seniors 65 and older can apply for a SEPTA Key photo ID card at my district office. We will be able to fill out your SEPTA Key application and process your photo for FREE! Read more

 

Cruz: Apply for your SEPTA Key photo ID next week in my district office

(Feb 22, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced today that older residents will soon be able to apply for their SEPTA Key photo ID card at his district office. Cruz said that constituents will be able to fill out their SEPTA Key application and get their picture taken starting on Monday, Feb. 27. "SEPTA is an invaluable resource for getting around the city, especially for seniors who often rely on it taking them shopping, to appointments, and other various destinations, and I want to help make their trips easier," Cruz said. "My staff and I look forward to assisting our residents in getting their ID card." SEPTA Key is the modern fare payment and collection system being used by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. It offers seniors an alternative to using their Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued ID card. The new Key cards have contactless chips, so all riders will have to do is pass it across the face of the validator to pay for their ride. Cruz said seniors should call his office at (215) 291-5643 to make an appointment to get their picture taken and get their ID card. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3503 North B Street, Unit 7 in Philadelphia. Read more

 

Cruz to discuss REAL ID extension, next steps at Friday news conference

(Jan 24, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced he will host a news conference later this week to discuss Pennsylvania’s REAL ID noncompliance issue and the extension recently granted to the state by the Department of Homeland Security. The news conference will start at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at Cruz’s District Office, 3503 N. B St., Unit 7. Last week, Pennsylvania received a limited extension through June 6 to update driver’s licenses to meet requirements under the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. Read more

 

Cruz champions donation for John B. Stetson Charter School

(Jan 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said he recently helped to secure a $2,500 donation for the John B. Stetson Charter School. Cruz said the money donated by Walmart was used to purchase new computers and printers for the school’s community center. “These resources will not only benefit our youth, but all of the residents in the community,” Cruz said. “It is crucial these tools be available and I’m proud to have been a part of securing the donation.” School officials say the four computers that were purchased will be put to good use. “From taking classes online to resume building, the opportunities are endless for the betterment of our community,” said Joanna Esquilin, community outreach coordinator for John B. Stetson Charter School. “We are so thankful that Representative Cruz suggested us for this donation.” John B. Stetson Charter School is a part of ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to Hispanic education in the nation. The organization and its charter schools are located in the Hunting Park, Olney and Kensington neighborhoods of North Philadelphia. Read more

 

Cruz celebrates Three Kings' Day with area children

(Jan 09, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., joined area children at the Norris Square Children's Center on Jan. 5 to celebrate Three Kings' Day. "This is a festive holiday marked with music, food and fun. It's a day to celebrate traditions and culture and I'm happy to have hosted local festivities," Cruz said. During the event, Cruz joined those portraying the three kings, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar, to distribute hundreds of gifts to children who attended the event. "I could find no better way to celebrate the 12 th Day of Christmas than to think of children in need," Cruz said. "Some of these children may not have received any gifts during the holidays, so to close out the season by seeing so many smiling faces is truly humbling." Read more

 

Cruz pleased with Pa. Real ID extension granted by Homeland Security
Jun 21, 2017

Complacido Cruz con extensión de Real ID otorgada a Pensilvania por Seguridad Nacional
Jun 21, 2017

Cruz urges Congress to recognize and act on Puerto Rico’s plebiscite results
Jun 14, 2017

Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month resolution unanimously adopted in House
Jun 08, 2017

Cruz: Cámara de Representantes aprueba proyecto para atender Puente Aéreo
Jun 07, 2017

Bill with Cruz amendment to address 'Air Bridge' issue passes House
Jun 07, 2017

Cruz: Real ID bill signed into law, Pa. on track to meet compliance deadline
Jun 05, 2017

Cruz honors writer and art director Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez
May 30, 2017

Cruz, House Human Services Committee discuss Puerto Rican Air Bridge
Apr 12, 2017

Comité de Servicios Humanos de la Cámara de Representantes examina Puente Aéreo entre Puerto Rico y Filadelfia
Apr 12, 2017

Hundreds of senior citizens get SEPTA Key ID during Rep. Cruz’s events
Apr 11, 2017

Human Services Committee 'Air Bridge' public hearing
Mar 24, 2017

Cruz discusses his "Drug Test the Legislature" proposal with NPR
Mar 21, 2017

State Rep From Philly Wants to Drug-Test His Peers
Mar 21, 2017

Cruz calls for action after state receives F grade on lead in school drinking water
Mar 01, 2017

SEPTA Key Senior ID Card
Mar 01, 2017

Cruz: Apply for your SEPTA Key photo ID next week in my district office
Feb 22, 2017

Cruz to discuss REAL ID extension, next steps at Friday news conference
Jan 24, 2017

Cruz champions donation for John B. Stetson Charter School
Jan 12, 2017

Cruz celebrates Three Kings' Day with area children
Jan 09, 2017