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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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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.

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President Obama has announced that he will use executive power to fix the nation’s immigration system in wake of congressional intransigence on immigration reform.

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Local organizations have created a new site to help connect you with the different volunteer opportunities and donation needs of the refugee families arriving to the Rio Grande Valley.

The website, located at www.SouthTexasRefugees.Org, was developed by McAllen’s Calvary Baptist Church and is sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, The City of McAllen, United Way of South Texas, Salvation Army McAllen, Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley and others.

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