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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 […]

Board Members:

  • Arturo Rodriguez has worked with United Farm Workers since 1972, having served roles as the Detroit Boycott director, the Manager of the UFW Public Action department, manager of union organizing, contract administration, and more. He has been a UFW Board member since 1981 and was elected as President of the UFW after the death of UFW founder, Cesar Chavez in 1993.
  • Tanis Ybarra has been working with the Farmworker Movement since 1970. He worked as a volunteer from 1970 to 1973, then joined the staff team of the UFW and worked as an organizer, negotiator, and contract administrator. He then worked in the social services staff, and was Regional Manager Central San Joaquin Valley until 1980, after which he left for medical reasons. Mr. Ybarra returned in 1994 and now serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the UFW.
  • Paul Chavez is president and CEO of the National Farm Workers Service Center (NFWSC), a national non-profit developed to serve the needs of the low-income Latino community. NFWSC’s two major programs are developing affordable, multi-family housing, with developments in 5 southwestern states, and a 9-station radio network serving communities in California, Arizona, and Washington.
  • Nora Linares-Moeller is a civic and political activist of long standing in Texas and Central Texas. She spent 12 years in state government, first at the Texas Department of Agriculture, and then as Executive Director of the Texas Lottery. She currently serves as Board President of the Austin Ballet, Board member of the LBJ Museum of San Marcos and Secretary of the La Tina Foundation.
  • Fernando G. Mancias is a former migrant farm worker. While at PSJA High School he was a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. He graduated in the top ten percent of his class before enrolling at UT-Pan American. After graduation he attended law school at Washington and Lee University Law School. After practicing law for several years he was elected District Judge in 1989. He was re-elected several times and Judge Mancias retired from the bench in 2002 and returned to his private law practice. In February 2009, Mr. Mancias was elected to the LUPE Board.
  • Sergio Narvaez was born and raised in Tampico Mexico. Before immigrating to the US he worked 14 years in the petroleum industry. In 1977, he came to the USA where he met and married his wife. Mr. Narvaez continued working in petroleum in the US for another 20 years before retiring. In 2012 he was elected by LUPE members to the LUPE advisory council. When the board of Directors decided to increase the number of Board members, the Advisory Council unanimously nominated Mr. Narvaez to serve as the first LUPE member on the board of Directors.

LUPE Advisory Council:
Manuela Luna – Mercedes, TX | Jose Aldape – Mercedes, TX | Sergio Narvaez – Alton, TX
Elda O. Gonzalez – Alton, TX | Sarayma Sanchez – Alamo, TX | Maria Gomez – Pharr, TX
Hector Guzman – Edinburg, TX | Lourdes Garcia – Alton, TX

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