Tag Archives: immigration

What it Feels Like to Obtain Citizenship

“It is like a dream, like when you are drowning and all of a sudden someone saves you.”

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Esther Garza poses with her children after becoming a U.S. citizen. Help us prepare more new citizens by making a contribution today.

Those words were spoken last week by LUPE member Esther Garza when she and other LUPE members were celebrated for achieving U.S. citizenship. Esther is one of almost 300 immigrants that LUPE helped achieve citizenship this year.

“You feel that peace, that happiness, that tranquility, to walk, to dream, to say, here’s my family, we are free.”

That is what it means to obtain U.S. citizenship for the millions of immigrants currently living in the U.S. While millions of immigrants have no viable option to fix theirs immigration status, the people that do have an option can rely on LUPE to help them through the process.

Help us continue to help immigrants reach the American Dream. Donate $5 to LUPE today. Continue reading

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Why is ICE so determined to deport immigrants?

Immigration Enforcement QuotasLast month, LUPE hosted students from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, who traveled to the Rio Grande Valley to learn more about the immigration system and its effects on the people living along the border. At the end of their week with us, as part of our trip evaluation, one of the students wrote the question, “Why is ICE so determined to deport immigrants?”

That is not a question that can be easily addressed in an article or blog post–and it may not be a question we will ever fully answer. But I wanted to offer some insight into the inner workings of ICE and the Border Patrol to give our readers an idea of why agents will go to great lengths to get attain a deportation–even harassment and violating immigration rights. Continue reading

Senate “Gang of 8” releases framework for CIR – organizations respond

Democratic Senators Dick Durbin (c.) and Chuck Schumer (r.) are among a bipartisan group of legislators leading the comprehensive immigration reform negotiations. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Democratic Senators Dick Durbin (c.) and Chuck Schumer (r.) are among a bipartisan group of legislators leading the comprehensive immigration reform negotiations. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Today, the bipartisan group of Senators released their framework for immigration reform. It includes few details, but has both promising and alarming elements.

Here we provide links to the full text of the framework, as well as links to articles that provide feedback and critiques of the framework. Continue reading

Check on your DACA status at USCIS website

Hope you had a great Christmas holiday. At the LUPE DACA youth meetings last week, a few people asked how they can use the USCIS.gov website to check on the status of their DACA and work permit applications. Below are step-by-step instructions. If you would like to receive helpful information via email about DACA and the Dream Act, subscribe to our DACA list here.

Hope you have a happy New Year!

Tania Chavez, DACA case worker with La Union del Pueblo Entero

Help us take 50 LUPE youth to Austin and DC to advocate for immigration reform! Make a gift by clicking here.

Check on your DACA status at the USCIS website

1.   Direct your internet browser to: WWW.USCIS.GOV

2.   Under the “Case Status” Box (located on the upper left corner) enter your receipt number (LIN#######) Continue reading

First LUPE DACA Work Permit Arrives

Felicidades to Iara Aldape of Mercedes, our first LUPE youth to receive a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program! A number of LUPE youth have received their approval letters, but Iara was the first to receive her work authorization card!

Above, an example of the newly redesigned work authorization cards that DACA approvals have begun receiving.

Above, an example of the newly redesigned work authorization cards that DACA approvals have begun receiving.

President Obama was re-elected, which means the DACA program will be around for at least four more years. If you are ready to apply, LUPE is ready to help you. Come to any of our LUPE offices to receive more information and to start your case.

We invite all the youth that have received their permits to travel with us to Austin this legislative session to defend in-state tuition for Dreamers and fight against anti-immigrant legislation for our state. If you would like to join the action, take the online pledge today and we’ll connect you with opportunities to get involved!

Congratulations to Iara and all the other youth that will have new doors opened to them after receiving their work permits. ¡Sí se puede!

ACLU of Texas Reacts to Lethal Shooting of Unarmed Pickup Passengers

HOUSTON – ACLU of Texas Executive Director Terri Burke today called upon state officials to fully investigate the fatal shooting of unarmed persons in a moving vehicle on an open road by a Department of Public Safety (DPS) sharpshooter from overhead in a pursuit helicopter.

“If initial reports are accurate,” said Burke, “the DPS has starting executing persons who they merely suspect of the civil offense of unlawful entry into the United States.” Initial news reports indicate that a DPS sharpshooter in a helicopter responded to calls for assistance by a game warden in high speed pursuit of a motor vehicle suspected of transporting undocumented immigrants. News reports said at least two persons died in the Thursday incident which occurred near the small town of La Joya near the Texas-Mexico border in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

“We are eager to hear the facts in this case. What we know so far raises disturbing questions,” said Burke. “Why is a state game warden involved in enforcement of federal immigration law? Why is a game warden in dangerous high speed pursuit of people who were suspected of nothing more than a civil offense? And where’s the ‘public safety’ when a trooper in a helicopter opens fire on unarmed persons in a vehicle on a public road?”