Henry Cuellar is a major recipient of GeoGroup, one of America’s largest private prison corporations. https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/recips.php?id=D000022003&cycle=2016
Cuellar is also a major recipient of our nation’s largest private prison, Corrections Corporation of America; https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00366468&cycle=2016
In fact, according to OpenSecrets.org, Henry Cuellar is the 4th largest recipient of for-profit prisons in the United States. https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/recips.php?cycle=2018&ind=G7000
Private prisons lobby against marijuana legalization to fill their quotas with more than 70,000 Texans annually for nonviolent possession of marijuana.
Holds office U.S. House District 28
Candidate in race for U.S. House District 28
Interview Caller:I JUST WANTED TO ASK THE CONGRESSMAN WHY DOESN'T THE UNITED STATES LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AND TAX IT? TAX AND THE HECK OUT OF IT. IT WILL HELP US GET OUT OF OUR PROBLEMS WITH THE DEFICIT AND EVERYTHING. AND IT WILL STOP THE WAR ON DRUGS. PEOPLE IN MEXICO CAN HAVE A JOBS.
-Response from Cuellar: I APPRECIATE THAT VIEWPOINT. I DO NOT AGREE WITH THAT. TWO PARTS. WE TO MAKE SURE OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. THE SECOND PART, WE TO MAKE SURE WE DO THE REHAB AND THE EDUCATION ON THIS SIDE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR KIDS STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS AND THOSE TYPE OF SITUATIONS. KEEP IN MIND, EVERY YEAR WE SEND ABOUT 25 TO $30 BILLION TO THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS. THE LARGE CONSUMPTION WE HAVE HERE. BUT LEE'S -- LEGALIZING MARIJUANA OR DRUGS, PERSONALLY, I DO NOT AGREE WITH. 10/26/11
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