In response to calls from members in Weslaco saying that the Border Patrol raids continued through the weekend and into this week, LUPE will be having an emergency press conference today at 3pm at the Indian Hills colonia in Weslaco. Colonia residents are ready to speak out against Border Patrol picking up and harassing residents. The press conference will give residents the opportunity to come forward and talk about their fears and concerns.
Contact: Maria Gomez (Spanish) 956-460-2962
Martha Sanchez (English) 956-533-5633
On Thursday, LUPE organizer Maria Gomez of Mercedes began receiving calls from LUPE members in the Weslaco area saying that Border Patrol agents were going into stores along 1015, arresting undocumented workers and shoppers. Reports continued that the Border Patrol were patrolling colonias La Paloma, Indian Hills and other colonias in the area of 1015 and Miles 10 and 13 N, asking for documents and making arrests. There was one report of an agent parking his vehicle in an empty lot in colonia La Paloma where he got off the vehicle and began stopping cars as they passed. Over the weekend the patrols continued, causing fear in the residents of the colonias. Documented and undocumented residents have said they are scared to even leave their homes. Today’s press conference will allow residents to voice their fears and concerns.