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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 […]

RGV Equal Voice Network Mi Voto Mi Voz Campaign

“I hope that more people join us to win the changes that we want. We have to keep looking for ways to win them. When one door closes, we have to look for another open one.”-Marcela Quezada, Colonia Muniz

The Equal Voice Network’s Mi Voto Mi Voz GOTV Campaign is an ongoing effort to get out the low income vote in South Texas. The campaign involves hundreds of hardworking Valley residents, many of them getting involved in the political process for the first time. After hundreds of collective hours over the past three years, our neighborhoods are show increases in the voting rate. In 2011 those rates increased by 3.51% in precinct 88 in Alton, 2.69% in 43 (San Juan) and 14.11% 46 (Mercedes).

Holding Elected Officials Accountable

While the Mi Voto Mi Voz Campaign ends each election day, GOTV is only the first step in the civic engagement process necessary to create the lasting change that we desire in our communities. After election day, Equal Voice Network partners like us shift our efforts toward holding elected officials accountable to their campaign promises and educating them on their responsibilities to Valley families. Elected officials have the responsibility to address the needs of Valley residents no matter to what party or political ideology they pertain.

Advocating for Proactive State and Federal Legislation

Equally important is fighting the bad bills filed by anti-immigrant politicians in the Texas Legislative Session, happening every two years. In the 2011 session, Tomball Republican Debbie Riddle filed an Arizona-style bill that would have been a disaster for Texas and the Rio Grande Valley had a broad coalition not formed to to fight these bills and stop them from passing into law.

Likewise, in 2013, LUPE members and other Equal Voice Network partners traveled with the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance to Washington, DC to advocate for immigration reform that respects the rights and liberties of border community members.

Read more news from the Civic Engagement Campaign on the LUPE blog.