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  • 15 Million Border Residents Shouldn't Have to Live in a Militarized Zone January 21, 2015
    Bills like this are considered because the rest of the nation doesn't know the border is filled with vibrant communities that millions of people call home Today, Congress will be discussing a bill that, in the words of it's author, will allow the Department of Defense “to transfer assets from theatre of war and redeploy […]
  • No driver's license = fear of deportation January 19, 2015
    Help us push for immigrant-friendly policies, including drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration status, in the next legislative session. Sign the pledge. In Texas, thousands of immigrant mothers and fathers worry that a routine traffic stop could result in being deported away from their children. Without documents, immigrants are not allowed to get a driver’s license. […]
  • LUPE in The News! / LUPE en las noticias! January 16, 2015
    Protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse early Thursday morning, to chant, read poems and share stories of the immigrations struggles. Photo By Yvette Vela/ The Brownsville Herald Our organizing has gained the attention of the media lately, owing to our opposition to the states' lawsuit against the President's immigration action as well as our campaign […]

LUPE’S IMPACT THROUGH SOCIAL SERVICES:

*5,000+ members reached through our membership services and benefits

*2.3 million dollars received in tax refunds with over 1000 tax returns filed at LUPE

*300 new citizens from our citizenship preparation class

LUPE responds to the social and economic needs of low-income families in South Texas by providing immigration applications, income tax preparation, referrals for legal services, and more. LUPE also provides ESL, citizenship and GED classes. Check out our blog here to see what a LUPE citizenship ceremony looks like! Through generous support from foundations and local donors, we were able to increase our staff in 2009 to support the growing need for our services.

LUPE’S IMPACT THROUGH COMMUNITY ORGANIZING:

*470 new leaders trained in local Colonias

*1200 supporters marched in honor of Cesar Chavez

*Outreach to 9 Valley cities for delegations with police chiefs on 287(g)

*Joined the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance & national coalition in solidarity with over 600 organizations

Our strength is found in our large membership base from which leaders are transforming their communities through neighborhood committees that have won several campaigns such as land ownership rights, streetlights, and access to water infrastructure.

In late February, LUPE member delegations met with the police chiefs in nine Valley cities to discuss the harmful impact on communities due to 287(g). The police departments agreed that they did not want to lose the trust of the community through enforcement of federal immigration law. Also as a result of these meetings, the Hidalgo County sheriff’s department accepts the LUPE membership card as a form of ID for families who want to visit relatives in county detention.

Since the summer of 2009 we have also been heavily involved with the movement to win Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). In December, Rep. Gutierrez introduced the first CIR bill of the session.

Thank you so much for supporting the work we do everyday – we’re looking forward to an exciting year in 2010!