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Just in time for the start of early vote, check out our candidates guide on the Texas Governor and Lieutenant Governor candidates and their positions on immigration, jobs and wages, healthcare, and education.

Read our candidates guide here.

Our vote can be a shield against anti-immigrant legislation in the coming Texas legislative session. In 2011 Texas faced one of the harshest, most anti-immigrant legislative sessions we’ve seen in decades. Over 80 pieces of anti-immigrant proposals were introduced. Thanks to lots of organizing and many allies, we were able to beat back the attack, but just barely.

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LUPE is a community-based union that organizes for dignity and human rights in the colonias and low-income neighborhoods of Hidalgo County. We focus on improved housing and living conditions, health care, immigrant rights and building the political power of colonia residents. LUPE has made steady progress building grassroots power from the base of a common voice through community organizing and providing social services. Learn more.

obama basta ninoJustice delayed is justice denied! President Obama has announced that he will not issue executive action on his inhumane deportation machine until after the November elections.

With this action, he is clearly putting politics over people. In the mean time, 70,000 immigrants will be deported before Election Day. How many Valley families will be torn apart? How many DPS agents will ask for immigration papers and call Border Patrol on Valley drivers? How many of our community members will be deported from the safety of the Valley to the dangers of cartel-ridden Tamaulipas?

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We are sad to report that despite our efforts, LUPE member Isabel Barbosa was deported Tuesday. She had a previous order of removal from 1998, which was reinstated. It was impossible to fight.

Isabel was deported away from her five children, husband and community she has called home for the last 18 years.

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Right now, Isabel Barbosa is in immigration detention facing deportation after being stopped by State Troopers for swerving.

Isabel lives in La Joya and works at a restaurant in Mission, both in western Hidalgo County. She is the mother of five children, the youngest three years old.

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