No child should wait for their school bus in the dark

Many of the over 76,000 colonia children waiting for the bus on their first day of school next week will be doing so in the dark.

Without streetlights in their neighborhoods, colonia parents worry that their kids might get hurt while they wait for the bus, board the wrong bus, or be left by a bus that can’t see them waiting.

Will you help us change that by sharing this image?

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Claudia from Colonia Pueblo de Palmas loaded her daughter onto the bus in the dark early in the morning. Without streetlights Claudia couldn’t properly see the bus number and had put her daughter on the wrong bus. Continue reading

Sign the Petition: Shame on you Rep. Blake Farenthold!

Sign the petition to Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27):

50% of your District is Hispanic and yet you refuse to support a pathway to citizenship in the Senate Immigration Reform bill and you are willing to hand over $46 billion in PORK to defense contractors!

Sign the petition now!

Petition Background

So many hardworking immigrants who have helped build our homes, construct and maintain our roads and bridges, and have taken care of our children, continue to live in fear. As Texans – more than any other State – we must work for fair and humane immigration reform which begins with a path to citizenship. Anything less is flat out immoral and inhumane after all they and their families have invested in our State.

Sign the petition now!

They denied her rights. She lost her life.

STOP DENYING OUR RIGHTS!

Immigration officials denied her rights. She lost her life. Now Congress wants to increase abuse by doubling border enforcement. Will you stand up for her family by calling Congress?

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Call your congressperson and tell them not to increase border enforcement that denies the rights of border community members:

“Please do not allow amendments to immigration reform that would increase civil and human rights abuses by increasing border enforcement. We need border enforcement that is accountable to border communities, not more border enforcement.”

Call the US Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your House representative

When you’re done, tell us how the call went here.

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This young mother was murdered in Mexico after being deported.

A civil rights lawsuit against agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been filed on behalf of three minor children. Their mother, Laura S. was brutally murdered in Mexico after she was wrongfully deported by immigration authorities.

Laura S. was twenty-two years old and the mother of three small children when she was stopped for a minor traffic violation and turned over to a Border Patrol agent in 2009. For many years she had been severely battered by her abusive boyfriend, Sergio H. and had recently obtained the protection of the local police and courts of law. Enraged, Sergio returned to Mexico, threatening to kill her.

When turned over to immigration authorities, Laura S. begged ICE and Customs and Border Protections officials not to return her to Mexico. She explained that she would be killed by her violent ex-boyfriend, that she had protective orders from the courts, and that she had three small children at home. Although she had the right to a hearing in front of an immigration judge and was eligible for relief from immigration courts, she was given no hearing. Instead, the agents forced her back into Mexico within hours. She continued to weep and plead all the way to the bridge.

Within days Sergio H. found Laura S. in Reynosa and attacked her, nearly biting off her ear. He then abducted and strangled her, leaving her body in a burning car.

We hope that this case will prove a catalyst for support for increased accountability measures for border enforcement. Some congressmen want to increase border enforcement. Doing so will ensure that these kinds of abuses continue. We don’t need more border enforcement. We need accountable border enforcement that protects people’s civil and human rights.

More on Laura S. here.

Call today to oppose the Corker-Hoeven Amendment!

Let us know how your call went in the comments below!

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Make a quick call today to oppose the Corker-Hoeven Amendment! Here are the phone numbers and suggested message:

* Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.): (202) 224-2152
* Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.): 202.224.4744
* Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.): 202-224-6542
* Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.): (202) 224-5852

“Hi, my name is (Name, City). I oppose the Corker-Hoeven Amendment to the immigration bill, S. 744. This is not immigration reform. This amendment only sacrifices one community for another. We need genuine immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship and creates accountable enforcement. This amendment is not what we want.”

Call today and let us know how your call went in the comments below!

More on the devastating amendment:

The Corker-Hoeven amendment will be voted on today and would double the number of Border Patrol agents on the U.S.-Mexico border (the majority coming to the RGV), build and fortify 700 miles of border fencing, and extensively invest in surveillance technology and equipment, including 18 aerial drones.

The Border Network for Human Rights, the Southern Border Communities Coalition, the ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights, and the Northern Borders Coalition released a statement that begins:

“This is a bad deal for U.S. taxpayers, but especially for those that live and work in the border region. While the flow of migration is at a historic low, excessive enforcement remains unchecked and unaccountable to communities in which Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection operates. This proposal to increase enforcement without checks and balances is an example of excessive and wasteful government spending and represents an unnecessary expansion of the federal government’s authority.”

Call today and let us know how your call went in the comments section below!