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The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States

Established 1991

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The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
Special News Alert!

Congressmen appeal to Secretary of State Kerry to maintain visa services at the US Consulate in Ponta Delgada

Co-chairmen of the Portuguese American Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives David N. Cicilline (RI-D), Jim Costa (CA-D) and David Valadao (CA-R) have forwarded a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on behalf of the Portuguese communities of the United States.

Citing the historically significant and close community ties of the United States with the Azores, the Congressmen voiced their opposition to complete cessation of visa services and appealed to Secretary Kerry to research alternatives that would maintain some level of visa services at the U.S. Consulate in Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel. Following cost-cutting measures, the State Department has proposed ending offering visa services forcing travelers to apply for visas through the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon.

PALCUS wishes to thank Congressmen Costa, Cicilline and Valadao for spearheading this effort on behalf of their Portuguese-American constituents.

Read original letter here

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PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991  as a 501 © 3 non partisan, non profit, organization headquartered in Washington D.C.
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the  Portuguese American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advance the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law.