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PRESS STATEMENT: NEW YORK JUDGE GIVES RULING ON DACA


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Cesar Espinosa (English)
832-512-3733

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Alain Cisneros (Español)

832-503-3689

Email: acisneros

NEW YORK JUDGE GIVES RULING ON DACA

[Houston, TX] On Tuesday February 13, 2018 a Federal Judge in New York gave a ruling that the termination of DACA was done arbitrarily and did not allow ample time to allow for an orderly wind down of the program. FIEL Spokes people are available for comment.

Link to the story: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/373680-second-judge-issues-injunction-barring-trump-administration-from#.WoNzHgpMjh0.facebook
"This is a welcomed sign of support for immigrant youth who everyday are in limbo of not knowing that their status will be like from one day to the next. We hope that this furthers the conversation on DACA and that congress will not use this as an excuse to elongate the talks on the DREAM Act. We encourage the immigration negotiations to come to a resolution since we, as undocumented Americans, need permanent solutions for ourselves and our families. " -Cesar Espinosa Executive Director FIEL

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston


Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS STATEMENT: YOUNG MAN ARRESTED NEAR AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL (Corrected)


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Contact:

Cesar Espinosa (English)
832-512-3733

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Alain Cisneros (Español)

832-503-3689

Email: acisneros

YOUNG MAN ARRESTED NEAR AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL

[Houston, TX] From the information our office has been able to gather: On Tuesday January 30, 2018 an altercation ensued outside of Austin High School, in Houston Texas, which led to a fight which led to the arrest of Denniss Rivera.

"It is unfortunate that and event like this would occur on any campus at HISD. We want to clarify that, from what we know, at no point did any officer of HISD contact ICE to come pick up Mr. Rivera. Mr Rivera was sent to booking after the altercation that took place near Austin High School and from that point on he had an ICE detainer placed on him due to his status. In the last few hours we have heard many people accusing HISD on social media that they called ICE on a student and from our understanding that is not the case. We stand with HISD in their mission to educate all people regardless of their immigration status and the strides that they have made throughout the years to maintain a safe and welcoming learning environment for all. We hope to continue to help educate families and to continue to expand our community’s growth within the district. We encourage parents to continue to sending their children to school since HISD DOES NOT COLLABORATE WITH ICE and for the students on campus to not fear campus police since they are there for their safety. We hope to continue to stand by HISD to develop policies which will continue to be inclusive of the immigrant community in Houston. " -Cesar Espinosa Executive Director FIEL

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston


Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS STATEMENT: YOUNG MAN ARRESTED NEAR AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL


PRESS STATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Cesar Espinosa (English)
832-512-3733

cespinosa



Alain Cisneros (Español)

832-503-3689

Email: acisneros

YOUNG MAN ARRESTED NEAR AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL

[Houston, TX] From the information our office has been able to gather: On Tuesday February 9, 2018 an altercation ensued outside of Austin High School, in Houston Texas, which led to a fight which led to the arrest of Denniss Rivera.

"It is unfortunate that and event like this would occur on any campus at HISD. We want to clarify that, from what we know, at no point did any officer of HISD contact ICE to come pick up Mr. Rivera. Mr Rivera was sent to booking after the altercation that took place near Austin High School and from that point on he had an ICE detainer placed on him due to his status. In the last few hours we have heard many people accusing HISD on social media that they called ICE on a student and from our understanding that is not the case. We stand with HISD in their mission to educate all people regardless of their immigration status and the strides that they have made throughout the years to maintain a safe and welcoming learning environment for all. We hope to continue to help educate families and to continue to expand our community’s growth within the district. We encourage parents to continue to sending their children to school since HISD DOES NOT COLLABORATE WITH ICE and for the students on campus to not fear campus police since they are there for their safety. We hope to continue to stand by HISD to develop policies which will continue to be inclusive of the immigrant community in Houston. " -Cesar Espinosa Executive Director FIEL

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston


Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

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Press Statement: Congress is FAILING to protect our community

PRESS STATEMENT

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Contact:

Cesar Espinosa

(832) 512-3733

Email:cespinosa

Abraham Espinosa

(832)526-2479

Email: ajespinosa

CONGRESS IS FAILING TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY

[HOUSTON, TX]On Thursday February 8 at midnight the government will shutdown if a budget deal is not reached. BUT, congress is moving steadfast to approve a budget measure that DOES NOT include a plan to address immigration issues or the plight of the DREAMers. FIEL spokespeople are available for comment.

"For years DREAMers and immigrant’s rights advocates have put their lives on the line and on hold to continue to push for a comprehensive fix to our broken immigration system. In the last months hundreds of undocumented youth have traveled hundreds of miles to take their plight to congress and push for a solution to the DREAMer crisis which president Trump has created. We feel very disheartened that congress will more than likely vote to approve a measure for a government budget that will not include the very necessary urgent matter of immigration. We will not give up. We will continue to fight and continue to hold congress accountable for tearing apart our families and our communities. We need a permanent solution for DREAMers and their families NOW." – Cesar Espinosa Executive Director FIEL

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston


Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS ADVISORY: PRESS CONFERENCE ICE CONTINUES TO SEPARATE FAMILIES DETAINING PEOPLE WITHOUT CRIMINAL RECORD

PRESS RELEASE

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Contact:

Cesar Espinosa

(832) 512-3733

Email:cespinosa

Abraham Espinosa

(832)526-2479

Email: ajespinosa

ICE CONTINUES TO SEPARATE FAMILIES

WITHOUT CRIMINAL RECORD

[HOUSTON, TX]on Friday February 9, 2018 at 11:00am at FIEL Headquarters (6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036) Marcela Rivera (wife of man in ICE detention) Community memebers and FIEL Representatives will gather to highlight the practices that immigration is using to detain undocumented people without criminal record.

Mr Carlos Gudiel (29 years old) was detained on February 19 at 6:20am. His wife Marcela Rivera was preparing breakfast just like any other morning routine for her husband to go to work.

Mr. Carlos left his apartment at 6:20 to load his tools into his truck. At around 6:40am he caleld his wife lettign her know that immigration had detained him in the parking lot of their apartment. Mr Carlos asked the immigration office for the opportunity for someone to gcome get his tools from his truck. It was then when his son Erick , age 14, was able to go down and find his father detained by ICE. "Immigration got me Erick" said Mr Carlos. Erick recounts to his mother that immigration was in a gray Ford Truck and that he was only able to grab his wallet from his father.

It seemed to be the perfect day everyone was ready to start on their day go to school and work but due to their fathers detention all activity seized for the day. During the day Erick comments that "it saddens and angers him" that they arrested his father.

The youngest child in the family got sick immediately after his father’s detention and did not eat or sleep for three days following the incident.

Carlos and Marcela have know each other for 10 years, have been married for 5 years and have 5 children together.

Erick 14

Cristian 11

Weslin 8

Justin 6

Briana 5 months

"As in other cases whats striking in this case is that ICE was not looking for Carlos rather he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. We hope that his attorney may be able to work in his case so that Mr Gudiel may continue to be in the U.S. and continue to provide for his family. " – Cesar Espinosa Executive Director FIEL

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston


Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS RELEASE: Press Conference Dangerous Apartment Conditions ON FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018, 10:30am

FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018, 10:30am

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 6th 10:30 AM

LOCATION: 4310 Mallow Street Houston, Texas 77033

New report from UT uncovers egregious problems with City of Houston programs for addressing dangerous apartment conditions

A new report by researchers at the University of Texas School of Law Entrepreneurship and Community Development

Clinic finds that the City of Houston’s apartment safety programs are in disarray and urgent need of reform.

These findings and more will be discussed at a press conference on February 6th at 10:30am in the Sunnyside neighborhood at Daily Living Church (4310 Mallow Street). The press conference is hosted by community leaders in Sunnyside and the policy advocacy organization Texas Housers.

The report, “Out of Order: Houston’s Dangerous Apartment Epidemic,” is authored by Texas Law professor Heather Way and is the result of a months-long investigation into dangerous conditions at 10 apartment complexes in Sunnyside and the City of Houston’s apartment safety programs. Key findings from the report, include:

● Houston’s dysfunctional code enforcement programs have left tenants trapped in dangerous apartment conditions. In one case, tenants made 58 calls to the City to report dangerous conditions and not a single call resulted in an inspection by the City.

● 28% of Houston’s apartment complexes do not have an active Certificate of Occupancy.

“For decades, city leaders have been aware of Houston’s dangerous apartment epidemic,” said Heather Way, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law and author of the report, “but the City’s record of addressing these conditions has been grim. We found the City’s existing apartment safety programs to be extremely flawed, fractured, and improperly managed.” Chrishelle Palay, the Houston director for Texas Housers added, “we hope this press conference sparks a long overdue conversation between renters and the City of Houston about the right to safe, decent, and affordable housing that best suits the needs of low-income families.”

At the press conference, tenants from across the city (including members of Southwest Houston-based FIEL) will share their personal experiences reporting dangerous conditions to landlords and Houston 311. Executive summaries and limited copies of the report will be made available to interested outlets.

CONTACT:

For information about the event: Zoe Middleton, Deputy Director of Communications, Texas Housers

(231) 250-3104, zoe. Maria Sosa, Organizer for FIEL Houston (281) 845-9510 msosa

For information about the report: Professor Heather K. Way, Director, University of Texas School of Law Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, (512) 632-1695, hway

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
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Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS RELEASE: CESAR ESPINOSA DREAMER TO ATTEND THE STATE OF THE UNION

PRESS RELEASE

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Contact:

Cesar Espinosa

(832) 512-3733

Email:cespinosa

Abraham Espinosa

(832)526-2479

Email: ajespinosa

CESAR ESPINOSA DREAMER TO ATTEND THE STATE OF THE UNION

[HOUSTON, TX]On Tuesday January 30, 2018 Cesar Espinosa will be attending the State of the Union in Washington DC. He is available for comment via skype or in person in DC.

" It is a great honor to be able to attend the State of the Union. Even though we don’t agree with all the polotics that are playing out it is important for us to be present and for us to be part of the conversation. We hope that negotiations around immigration continue and that we have a resolve soon. I will be available for comment after the SOTU ." – Cesar Espinosa Executive Director FIEL

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston


Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS ADVISORY: DREAMERS AND IMMIGRANTS GATHER TO WATCH sTATE OF THE UNION


PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Abtrham Espinosa (English)832-526-2479
ajespinosa

Cesar Espinosa (English)
832-512-3733

cespinosa



Alain Cisneros (Español)

832-503-3689

Email: acisneros

DREANERS AND IMMIGRANTS GATHER TO WATCH SOTU

[Houston, TX] On Tuesday January 30, 2018 at 8:00pm CST at FIEL HQ (6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036) DREAMers, immigrants and Community leaders will gather to watch the State of the Union. Stories are available and FIEL spokespeople will be available for comment,

On September 5th, 2017. The Trump administration ended the DACA program, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which offered protection from deportation to Dreamers. The announcement, which was made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, received outcry from those affected and those sympathetic to this group of undocumented immigrants. In the last days there have been talks of new immigration policy being considered for debate. We await negotiations but caution that our community cannot wait any longer.. Families are being separated everyday and DREAMers live in the limbo of not being able to be certain of their future in the U.S.
" It is important that our community gathers as we listen to what the President of the U.S. has to say. We hope that we may hear concrete plans that will resolve the immigration issue in a way that is beneficial for all. It is important to point out that 86% of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers." -Cesar Espinosa Executive Director FIEL

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston


Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS ADVISORY: IMMIGRANTS GATHER TO WATCH STATE OF THE UNION


PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Cesar Espinosa (English)
832-512-3733

cespinosa



Alain Cisneros (Español)

832-503-3689

Email: acisneros

IMMIGRANTS GATHER TO WATCH SOTU

[Houston, TX] On Tuesday January 30, 2018 at 8:00pm CST at FIEL HQ (6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036) DREAMers, immigrants and Community leaders will gather to watch the State of the Union. Stories are available and FIEL spokespeople will be available for comment,

On September 5th, 2017. The Trump administration ended the DACA program, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which offered protection from deportation to Dreamers. The announcement, which was made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, received outcry from those affected and those sympathetic to this group of undocumented immigrants. In the last days there have been talks of new immigration policy being considered for debate. We await negotiations but caution that our community cannot wait any longer.. Families are being separated everyday and DREAMers live in the limbo of not being able to be certain of their future in the U.S.
" It is important that our community gathers as we listen to what the President of the U.S. has to say. We hope that we may hear concrete plans that will resolve the immigration issue in a way that is beneficial for all. It is important to point out that 86% of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers." -Cesar Espinosa Executive Director FIEL

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston


Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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