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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 […]

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!