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  • Congressman Vela Urges President Obama to Use Executive Action on Immigration November 18, 2014
    Today, Congressman Filemon Vela weighed in on the debate over presidential action on immigration by releasing a statement urging the president to act now. "The time for the President to act is now," the statement reads. "Given the political realities in Washington, it is highly unlikely that meaningful immigration reform gets passed in the next […]
  • Hidalgo County Jail and ICE collaboration by the numbers September 16, 2014
    More than 6,000 immigrants were deported from Hidalgo County jail between June 2009 and July 2014 as a result of Hidalgo County Jail collaborating with federal immigration authorities, according to official statistics released by ICE(1). Of these, 4,274, or 66.7%, are non-L1 immigrants. This means that a full two thirds did not fall within ICE’s […]
  • In Honduras, U.S. deportees have already begun to be murdered August 20, 2014
    At least 5 children who were deported to Honduras since February have already been murdered, a Los Angeles Times article reported on Saturday: "There are many youngsters who only three days after they've been deported are killed, shot by a firearm," said Hector Hernandez, who runs the morgue in San Pedro Sula. "They return just […]

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.

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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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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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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