The Rio Grande Valley is the epicenter of immigration issues given its proximity to the US-Mexico border. Under the current administration, we have witnessed the hostility toward immigrants. One of the most painful and inhumane policies established by the Trump administration has separated children from their parents.
Like many other children, she was separated from her family at the border and transported to various locations until she vanished into the ORR abyss. After some organizing a lot of public pressure from LUPE supporters, we were finally able to reunite Helen with her family. Unfortunately, her journey has just begun.
LUPE defends family unity through immigration aid, community organizing, and community partnerships. Our membership base and community partnerships mean that we can recruit and coordinate volunteers, drive supplies and donations and turn out the community to mobilizations like protests and vigils, all the while helping our partners tell a systemic story about border communities responding to humanitarian need.
With each asylum seeker we welcome, each warm meal we serve, each family we reunite, border communities are demonstrating that we can respond to humanitarian need with care, compassion, and love.
In the past few months, we have witnessed an increase of families arriving at our border community. We come in contact with them as they are released from immigration custody and left to figure out how to get to their final destination. LUPE staff, members, and supporters are lending a hand at shelters and collecting donations in their neighborhoods. However, with the vast increase of immigrants being release we need to help immigrants at the shelters, bus station, and international bridges.