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Streetlights Campaign Update County says colonia pilot program will be ‘Phase 1′ of wider county public light program

After weeks of delay, LUPE and ARISE members finally met with Hidalgo County officials to get the latest on the development of the county’s public light program, starting with eight colonias designated as the pilot program for the project.

In a meeting Monday, county officials showed us the work they have been doing in the background to ensure they are ready to implement streetlights in the eight colonias they are now calling Phase 1 of their implementation program. They reported that Phase 2 will be open to a wider number of colonias and will follow shortly after Phase 1. Officials are still working on the criteria for inclusion in the second phase.

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One week after President Obama announced DACA, hundreds of valley youths attend orientation to learn more.

One week after President Obama announced DACA, hundreds of valley youths attend orientation to learn more.

Some, but not all, DREAMers who received three-year Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) permits must return their permit and have it replaced with a two-year permit. If not, you may receive a home visit from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

In November, 2014, the Obama Administration began issuing DACA work permits which were valid for three years – an extension of one year over previous program rules. On February 16, 2015 a federal judge placed a temporary injunction on the change, effectively ordering USCIS to go back to issuing work permits valid for the original two-years from that date forward. However U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continued issuing extended work permits for a short period of time as their systems were updated.

It is only these, mistakenly issued three-year work permits which the agency is asking be returned in exchange for a valid, two-year work permit.

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Que pases un feliz Dia de la Independencia.

On Friday, July 3rd, our offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day. Have a happy holiday! // Nuestras oficinas cerrarán el día Viernes, Julio 3, por motivo día festivo (Día de Independencia de USA). ¡Feliz Día de las Independencia!

Colonia residents celebrate the passage of a new streetlights bill at LUPE’s San Juan office Friday. Hidalgo County colonia residents are celebrating today the passage of legislation that will help bring their neighborhoods out of the shadows.

Colonia residents worked with county officials and state legislators to pass HB 3002, a bill that gives the county additional tools and authority to install streetlights in county neighborhoods.

“We are celebrating because our colonias will finally come out of the shadows with the new streetlights bill,” said colonia resident Emma Alaniz, leader and member of LUPE from colonia Curry Estates. “My colonia is ready for when the law goes into effect. Now that we have the law on our side, we’re going to be sure that the commissioners implement it.”

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