Over the last three weeks, LUPE organizers have received more than 30 reports of Border Patrol activity in colonias from Pharr all the way to Mercedes. As reported previously, colonia residents fear for their families and livelihoods and many don’t want to leave their homes. Area businesses have been left deserted. Many have not even wanted to risk going to the area clinic or pharmacy.
In response to this general fear felt by LUPE members, we called for an emergency meeting between LUPE leaders and lawyer Celestino Gallegos of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid to come up with a plan of action.
In order to stress the importance of publicizing the heartbreaking stories and collecting information on potential abuses of power, the meeting started out with reports from members about incidents they’ve witnessed.
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