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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 […]

Why are immigration reform and immigrant rights a LUPE priority?

There are over 11 million undocumented people living in the country who are denied basic civil rights due to a broken immigration system. Hundreds of thousands of these hard-working families live in the Rio Grande Valley and are in fear everyday of being separated due to unfair detention and deportation policies. As part of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network Immigration Working Group, LUPE is organizing to push for comprehensive immigration reform to fix America’s broken immigration system with fair, humane and sensible policies that foster America’s strength, security and prosperity. The Immigration Working Group is also working at a state level as part of the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance.

Click here to read why America desperately needs immigration reform to bring justice to millions of American families, students and workers.

Read about some of our latest work on immigration below:

  • The DREAM Act: would provide thousands of undocumented youth who were brought here as children with the opportunity to gain citizenship by getting a two year college degree or joining the military. Keep reading to see how you can help get this legislation passed!
  • No immigration checks during hurricanes: In response to the position that Border Patrol would continue immigration enforcement during a hurricane evacuation, community members called for a safe and humane hurricane evacuation plan that does not leave families behind.
  • County resolutions for humane immigration reform: the Immigration Reform Working Group has successfully organized to pass a resolution in support of CIR in Hidalgo County, Cameron County and the City of Alton. We have also passed a resolution condemning Arizona’s SB1070 in Hidalgo County.
  • Fighting Anti-Immigrant Legislation in the Texas Legislature:Tomball Republican Debbie Riddle has already prefiled an Arizona-style bill that will be a disaster for Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. A broad coalition has formed to fight these bills and for the dignity and well-being of the Valley community, led by the Equal Voice Network of the RGV.
  • Rallies, marches and protests for immigrant rights:

$20 could help provide one hour of leadership development to 15 LUPE leaders organizing to pass humane comprehensive immigration reform.