After weeks of delay, LUPE and ARISE members finally met with Hidalgo County officials to get the latest on the development of the county’s public light program, starting with eight colonias designated as the pilot program for the project.
In a meeting Monday, county officials showed us the work they have been doing in the background to ensure they are ready to implement streetlights in the eight colonias they are now calling Phase 1 of their implementation program. They reported that Phase 2 will be open to a wider number of colonias and will follow shortly after Phase 1. Officials are still working on the criteria for inclusion in the second phase.Read more »
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.
In November, 2014, the Obama Administration began issuing DACA work permits which were valid for three years – an extension of one year over previous program rules. On February 16, 2015 a federal judge placed a temporary injunction on the change, effectively ordering USCIS to go back to issuing work permits valid for the original two-years from that date forward. However U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continued issuing extended work permits for a short period of time as their systems were updated.
It is only these, mistakenly issued three-year work permits which the agency is asking be returned in exchange for a valid, two-year work permit.Read more »
On Friday, July 3rd, our offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day. Have a happy holiday! // Nuestras oficinas cerrarán el día Viernes, Julio 3, por motivo día festivo (Día de Independencia de USA). ¡Feliz Día de las Independencia!
Colonia residents worked with county officials and state legislators to pass HB 3002, a bill that gives the county additional tools and authority to install streetlights in county neighborhoods.
“We are celebrating because our colonias will finally come out of the shadows with the new streetlights bill,” said colonia resident Emma Alaniz, leader and member of LUPE from colonia Curry Estates. “My colonia is ready for when the law goes into effect. Now that we have the law on our side, we’re going to be sure that the commissioners implement it.”Read more »