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  • 15 Million Border Residents Shouldn't Have to Live in a Militarized Zone January 21, 2015
    Bills like this are considered because the rest of the nation doesn't know the border is filled with vibrant communities that millions of people call home Today, Congress will be discussing a bill that, in the words of it's author, will allow the Department of Defense “to transfer assets from theatre of war and redeploy […]
  • No driver's license = fear of deportation January 19, 2015
    Help us push for immigrant-friendly policies, including drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration status, in the next legislative session. Sign the pledge. In Texas, thousands of immigrant mothers and fathers worry that a routine traffic stop could result in being deported away from their children. Without documents, immigrants are not allowed to get a driver’s license. […]
  • LUPE in The News! / LUPE en las noticias! January 16, 2015
    Protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse early Thursday morning, to chant, read poems and share stories of the immigrations struggles. Photo By Yvette Vela/ The Brownsville Herald Our organizing has gained the attention of the media lately, owing to our opposition to the states' lawsuit against the President's immigration action as well as our campaign […]
County Commissioners and representatives sign their commitment to create a pilot program to begin installing conventional streetlights in Hidalgo County colonias and collect for the consumption of electricity.

County Commissioners and representatives commit to creating a pilot program to begin installing conventional streetlights in Hidalgo County colonias and collect for the consumption of electricity.

This is huge: Hidalgo County commissioners, with the leadership of Joseph Palacios, and pressure from LUPE and ARISE, took an historic step and committed to creating a pilot program to begin installing conventional streetlights in Hidalgo County colonias on a limited basis and collect for the consumption of electricity. They will present the pilot program in one month to the County Commissioner’s Court.

The commissioners committed to working closely with LUPE and ARISE to make sure the pilot program meets the needs of colonia residents and serves as a spring board for a successful county-wide and comprehensive program to  bring streetlights to all Hidalgo County colonias in the future.

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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.

2013 juanita 2On behalf of the over 7,000 members of La Union del Pueblo Entero, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year! We wish you all the best in the coming year.

Working alongside our Equal Voice partners, we have witnessed momentous developments in the movement for immigrant and colonia rights. In the wake of Congress’ failure to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform, immigrant communities across the nation rose up to demand the President stop devastating our communities through deportations.

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Finally President Obama made his announcement on immigration. LUPE members and their families gathered at our San Juan office to watch the announcement together.

It is estimated that the president’s plan will extend protection from deportation to 4 to 5 million undocumented Americans.

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Early Vote is currently underway!

We want to continue building the influence that our members have on the political decisions that impact their lives. You can help us do that by pledging to vote for issues important to colonia residents.

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