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U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar says he is is pleased with President Obama's pending nomination of Roberta Jacobson (above) to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Jacobson is currently assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State. “I have been impressed with Ms. Jacobson’s deep knowledge of Mexico and the rest of Latin America and fully support her nomination,” Cuellar said. “Ms. Jacobson and I have worked together before, including on the Mérida Initiative, and she has proven herself to be an able and effective leader. I know she will serve well as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, and I look forward to working together to continue to improve and grow the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.”

In today’s News in Pictures feature we look at legislation impacting the small cities surrounding Brownsville, President Obama’s nominee for Ambassador to Mexico, the interim city manager for Pharr, and the defeat of a bill that would have made DREAMER students pay out-of-state tuition rates.