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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.

On Monday, a Federal district judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the DACA expansion and new DAPA program.

The Obama Administration is acting quickly to appeal the judge’s decision but it could mean that the start date for the expansion of the DACA program will be pushed back. It is supposed to begin on Feb. 18.

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Valley DREAMers are ready to apply for Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which begins this Wednesday, Feb 18th. Nationwide, immigrant families, faith, labor, small business, and elected officials are holding more than 50 “Ready for DACA” and “Ready for DAPA” events this week to get their communities ready to begin applications.

Tuesday, Feb 17 Get ready to apply for Expanded DACA by attending LUPE’s weekly Administrative Relief orientation (bring your unexpired LUPE member card), Tuesday, February 17, at 5:45pm at our Alton office, located at 220 W. Dawes Ave, Ste B, Alton, TX

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Immigration Attorney Debbie Cruz Abogada de inmigracion

Did you know that LUPE has a staff immigration attorney?

Debbie Cruz is native to South Texas and grew up in Donna, TX. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Edwards University in Austin, TX and studied law at the University SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, TX.

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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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