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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 […]

We are sad to report that despite our efforts, LUPE member Isabel Barbosa was deported Tuesday. She had a previous order of removal from 1998, which was reinstated. It was impossible to fight.

Isabel was deported away from her five children, husband and community she has called home for the last 18 years.

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Right now, Isabel Barbosa is in immigration detention facing deportation after being stopped by State Troopers for swerving.

Isabel lives in La Joya and works at a restaurant in Mission, both in western Hidalgo County. She is the mother of five children, the youngest three years old.

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President Obama has announced that he will use executive power to fix the nation’s immigration system in wake of congressional intransigence on immigration reform.

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Local organizations have created a new site to help connect you with the different volunteer opportunities and donation needs of the refugee families arriving to the Rio Grande Valley.

The website, located at www.SouthTexasRefugees.Org, was developed by McAllen’s Calvary Baptist Church and is sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, The City of McAllen, United Way of South Texas, Salvation Army McAllen, Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley and others.

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