Family detention was largely ended in 2009 after the T. Don Hutto facility was sued and protested over horrendous conditions. Now the Obama administration wants to resurrect family detention in response to the humanitarian crisis on the border.
Barbara Hines, co-direct of the University of Texas Immigration Law Clinic, represented families in the Hutto detention center. “Families fleeing violence in their home countries, many of whom are asylum seekers, should be released whenever possible, and as a last resort, housed in home-like facilities, that are not run by ICE nor private for-profit prisons.”Read more »
Thanks to LUPE organizing, the County Commissioners vote on changing the trash collection system, originally scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting, will be postponed, giving colonia residents the chance to weigh in on what changes the county should make.
This is a major change that will impact the majority of colonia residents for a long time to come. At commissioners court Tuesday, county leaders agreed that the decision should not be made without the input of those directly affected.Read more »
Around 200,000 residents–a population roughly twice the size of College Station, TX–goes without streetlights every night in the Rio Grande Valley.
The Texas News Service picked up the story, which ran right before Mother’s Day:Read more »
This Mother’s Day give your mom a hug. Then sign our petition calling on Hidalgo and Cameron County Commissioners to bring streetlights to all 1,200 RGV colonias by 2023, so that one day, colonia mothers might celebrate Mother’s Day without fearing for their children’s safety.
Streetlights and the security they bring are taken for granted by most city residents. Yet over two hundred thousand Hidalgo and Cameron County residents living in colonias lack public light and live with stark consequences.Read more »