LUPE leaders have been working hard to gather resolutions against the anti-immigrant legislation that will further criminalize immigrant communities and distract our legislature from fixing the economy and creating jobs. Members have been diligently seeking resolutions, visiting churches, organization, even walking from business to business, asking them to take a stand against the bad bills.
“Those Texas Legislators filing these bills are not being accountable to the people of Texas looking for economic relief,” says LUPE Organizer Martha Sanchez. “They are hurting as they see their unemployment benefits run out, their wages declining, their hours cut. We need our legislators dedicating themselves to creating new jobs, not creating new problems with divisive and burdensome immigration legislation.”
It is for those reasons that LUPE leaders have already gathered over 40 resolutions, which will be presented to the Texas Representatives from the RGV this Saturday, together with the resolutions gathered by each affiliate organization of the Equal Voice Network and Common Sense Immigration-RGV.
LUPE passed our own resolution, which was signed by members at our general meeting, Friday Jan 7. At the meeting, Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance representative Fernando Garcia warned members of the dangers to come if these bills are passed:
“Some of these bills have been introduced before, but they’ve never been as dangerous as they are now.” Fernando said that this session in the Texas House, Republicans have a super majority. “But that’s not why things are so dangerous—it’s because of those Republicans, the majority has taken an anti-immigrant stance.
“Here is where the battle for the future of our families will happen,” he continued. “Todo se defina en 5 o 6 meces.”