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BREAKING: NEW RULING ON DACA



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US DISTRICT JUDGE JOHN BATES RULES IN FAVOR OF DACA


[Houston, TX] On Tuesday April 24, 2018 US District Judge John Bates rules Tuesday afternoon that the legal argument that the Trump Administration used to end DACA on September 5th. 2017 is frivolous and has no real legal basis. This makes the third federal judge to rule against the Trump administration in regards to DACA.

Coming as a surprise to many advocates and critics of DACA. John Bates ruling sets an important precedent because of his political affiliation with the Republican Party and also because unlike his two Democratic counterparts, Bates ruling orders the Department of Homeland Security to re-establish DACA fully, meaning new first time applications and possibly advance parole, if they cannot provide a new, factual legal argument withing 90 days of his ruling.

If the Trump administration fails to do so, DHS will have no option than to open the program completely as it was before September 5th, 2018.

“We applaud the federal judge for making this victorious decision for undocumented yourh. We hope that in the end the Trump administration either waits out the allotted time or does not respond and the DACA program which has benefited thousands of undocumented youth continues to move forward. In the mean time we will continue to fight and will continue to press congress for a permanent solution for DREAMErs and their 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.

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PRESS STATEMENT ON 5-4 SUPREME COURT IMMIGRATION RULING



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PRESS STATEMENT ON 5-4 SUPREME COURT RULING ON IMMIGRATION


[Houston, TX] On Tuesday April 17, 2018 the Supreme Court Ruled on Sessions v. Dimaya, 15-1498. In a 5 to 4 vote the court sided with Dimaya citing that immigration law was too vague and in certain cases not applicable to deport certain individuals for minor crimes. FIEL spokespeople are available for comment.

"We applaud the Supreme Court for coming to true findings in this case and applying the interpretation of the law in the best manner possible. We understand that this only applies to a small number of individuals but hopefully this will help families of those who have made minor errors in their lives continue to fight against their deportations. In states like Arizona and Texas that have made attempt to further criminalize the undocumented community this could have a huge impact. "- 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.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-deportation/u-s-supreme-court-restricts-deportations-of-immigrant-felons-idUSKBN1HO230

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Press Statement: Change of venue Request for the Thompson’s DENIED



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Change of Venue Request for the Thompson’s DENIED

[Houston, TX] On Friday April 13, 2018 Judge Kelli (178 District Court) decided to DENY a motion of change of venue for The Thompson’s. The Hernandez Family and FIEL spokespeople will be available for comment

" We agree with the Judge Kelli’s decision to keep the case here in Houston where justice for all will be served. The Hernandez family has the right to be in the courtroom in representation of John who is not here to represent himself. We must continue to advocate for the family and make sure that there is transparency throughout the whole process. We thank all parties involved and we hope that at the end of this ordeal all parties have justice served. On behalf of the family we want to thank the outpouring of support they have received and we hope to continue to support them for the remainder of this very painful ordeal."- 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

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PRESS ADVISORY: Rally Houston Welcomes the Together Juntos Caravan



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Rally Houston Welcomes the Together Juntos Caravan
Against SB4

[Houston, TX] On Thursday April 12, 2018 at 6:30pm at Houston City Hall (901 Bagby Houston, TX 77002) caravanists, community leaders and community members will gather to welcome the Juntos Together caravan to Houston. Spokespeople and caravan participants will be available for comment.

The caravan will address SB4, and provide Know Your Rights and abuse documentation trainings to border communities, and training sessions on how immigrants can continue organizing and fighting to remain safe, especially now that the anti-immigrant law has been fully implemented in the state.

Cities along the caravan include El Paso, Marfa, Presidio, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Laredo, El Cenizo, San Benito, McAllen, San Juan, Brownsville, Corpus Christi and Houston.

The Together Juntos Caravan is convened by the Border Network for Human Rights in collaboration with the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance, La Union del Pueblo Entero, South Texas Human Rights Center, Movimiento del Valle por los Derechos Humanos, Casa de Proyecto Libertad, Neta, and America’s Voice.

"We welcome the Together Juntos caravan to Houston the Most diverse city in the U.S. We hope that we may conclude the first leg of the caravan here and continue during the summer to the rest of the state to provide valuable know your rights training as well as valuable information or organizing to the rest of the state. We hope that this may spark confidence and hope in our community so we may continue the fight for liberty and justice for all. " -Cesar Espinosa Executive Director FIEL

These are the two event planned for the caravan in Houston:

TogetherJuntos Caravan Meeting
Thursday, April 12, 2018
1:00 P.M.
AFL-CIO Central Labor Council
2506 Sutherland St.
Houston, TX 77023

TogetherJuntos Caravan Rally
Thursday, April 12, 2018
6:30 P.M.

Houston City Hall
901 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002

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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

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Email: cespinosa
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PRESS RELEASE: Family will suffer after dad is deported unjustly to Guatemala



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Family will suffer after dad is deported unjustly to Guatemala
4 us citizen children and a wife are left in peril

[Houston, TX ] On Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 2:30pm Mrs Marcela Rivera, wife of Detainee Carlos Gudiel communicated to FIEL Houston that Mr Gudiel was abruptly repatriated to his native country of Guatemala. The family is available for comment by appointment. Please email acisneros for interview requests

Mr Gudiel Leaves behind 4 US citizen Children and his wife. This will throw the family into a psychological and financial disarray. Mr Gudiel is yet another example of the unfair unjust and outdated immigration policies that continue tl tear families apart.

You may view the video of his arrival on the FIEL FB Page here:

https://www.facebook.com/fielhou/videos/2077571605618586/

“ It is a sad day not only for Mr Gudiel but for his family and our community. A hard working man who was at the wrong place at the wrong time is now suffering because of our broken immigration policies. We will continue to support the family and will do everything kn our power to reach out to congress to fix our broken immigration system. – Cesar Espinosa FIEL Executive Director

“We must continue fighting and advocating for every client with the hopes we can get them some sort of relief. In the last year we have seen an increase in these types of cases. It is unfortunate that USCIS does not exercise their prosecutorial discretion allowing families to continue to stay together. “ Raed Gonzalez Immigration Attorney

BACKGROUND STORY:

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

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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.

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PRESS RELEASE: DREAMers gather to “Light up their DREAMs”



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DREAMers Gather to "Light up their DREAMs"

[Houston, TX] On Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 7:30pm at the University of Houston Downtown (1 Main St Houston, TX 77002) DREAMers, students and supporters will gather to display a giant DREAM ACT NOW interactive sign powered with LED lights. The lights will be visible from the highway. FIEL spokespeople and affected students will be available for comment.

The exact coordinates (for Helicopter fly by purposes or camera shots from the high way) are : 29.7667910,-95.3606338

" In an effort not to let the conversation persih students from the University of Houston Downtown, supported by FIEL, have designed these interactive sign which will tavel throughout the city. We hope that by continuing to display them in various places it will serve as a constant reminder of the dire need to pass legislation such as the DREAM Act. We applaud the students for taking initiative as we continue to navigate these troubling times. " -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


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PRESS RELEASE: FIEL stand with Reentry and Reunification Act of 2018



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FIEL Stands with the Reentry and Reunification Act of 2018

[Houston, TX] On Friday April 6, 2018 at 11:00am at Congressman Al Green’s office ( 3003 S Loop W. Houston, TX 77054) FIEL will stand with Congressman Al Green, and Rose Escobar in support of the Reentry and Reunification Act of 2018. Congressman Al Green, Rose Escobar and FIEL Spokespeople will be available for comment immediately after the press conference.

Jose Escobar’s case is a case that FIEL Houston worked on in 2011. With the help of community members and prosecutorial discretion from ICE he was granted temporary deferred action on his case but was told to report to ICE on a yearly basis for regular "check ins". For the last FIVE years the Escobar family lived with the uncertainty of having to go check in with ICE after he received bad legal advice for a pending order of deportation. When they went to ICE on the morning of February 22nd 2017 they were made to wait 7 hours. At the end of the interview process Jose’s wife Rose was told that her husband was being detained for "not trying hard enough" to fix his status. We are relaunching his campaign that can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/HelpJoseStayHome/ . Jose has not committed any crimes and was brought in when he was just 14 years old. He came into the country in 2001 and is eligible for DACA. Congressman Al Green has supported the Escobar Family in this very arduous process. The Congressman has even visited Jose Escobar in his native El Salvador to let him know that no matter where in the world he physically is "He is still a constituent"- Congressman Al Green

" We applaud Congressman Al Green for demonstrating leadership in these troubling times and taking the necessary steps to introduce this very important bill. We will immediately begin to seek support for this bill since we understand the importance of a piece of legislations like this. We hope that this bill moves forward and that it gets the necessary support it needs to be approved and ameliorate the suffering of many US Citizens who are suffering from family separation. " -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


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CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
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Email: cespinosa
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PRESS STATEMENT: FIEL CONDEMNS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EASTER SUNDAY TWEETS ON DACA

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FIEL CONDEMNS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EASTER SUNDAY TWEETS ON DACA

[Houston, TX] On Sunday April 1st President Trump Once again took to twitter to attack the immigrant community and said there was NO MORE DEAL on DACA . FIEL spokespeople are available for comment.
On Easter Sunday April 1 2018 President Trump took to twitter to bash undocumented youth in a series of tweets that showed no clear understanding of the DACA program or dreamers. He did so in response to a yearly caravan that is organized every year to bring awareness to the plight of the immigrants attempting to come to the U.S. He also continues by attacking the NAFTA program and lying saying that people were coming over in droves when we understand that net migration has been a net zero for the last couple of years.

" We condemn the President for making the comments against DEAMers and on a day where the nation was celebrating family unity and spending time with their loved ones. Presidents trump LIES about the DACA deal because in fact there was never a ‘deal’. Time and time again the president has failed to show leadership and really try to come up for a solution for DREAMers. In fact by his actions on september 5th, the announcement of the termination of DACA, and until today the Presidents continues to demonstrate himself as the biggest opponent of really coming to a sensible real solution. He further continues polarizing the issue by blaming DACA for the reason that people are coming to the U.S. which is entirely not true since the program only applies to small number of specific people in the U.S.. Regardless of the tweets we will continue to fight and continue to push for a permanent solution for DREAMers and our community. " -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
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Email: cespinosa
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PRESS STATEMENT: FIEL CONDEMNS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION ON CENSUS

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FIEL CONDEMNS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION ON CENSUS

This will hurt more than the immigrant community.

[Houston, TX] On Monday March 26, 2018 the Department of Commerce announced that a citizenship questions will be added to the 2020 census. FIEL Spokespeople are available for comment,

In an unprecedented move the department of commerce has decided to ask whether people are citizens or not. This will greatly impact large urban communities such as Houston because we fear people will be even more hesitant to answer the US census if citizenship questions are now explicitly on the application. in the 2010 census we already had a hard time getting people to participate in the census based on the principle that many undocumented folks are hesitant to participate in government processes.

We urge the media to ask the Department of commerce the following questions:
1. Why was this question necessary?
2. What will the census do with this information?
3. Will the survey be counted if the question is left blank?

"This is a direct attack on the immigrant community and communities of color. By adding such an unnecessary question to the US Census the Dept of Commerce has deliberately and maliciously launched an effort do disenfranchise immigrant communities and deny them resources that their communities deserve. We fear that in large urban areas such as Houston this will hurt everyone because the more people are hesitant to participate the less true the final count will be and this could have a devastating effect for the communities at large, not just immigrants. We urge the Department of Commerce to not go back to the times where certain individuals in society were counted less that a human being. We will continue to work with our community to participate but this new question will definitely make our job a lot more complicated since the community’s trust has been broken and people will likely feel uncomfortable answering the ‘citizenship’ question’. " -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
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Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS RELEASE: OMNIBUS BILL WITH NO DREAM ACT


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OMNIBUS BILL WITH NO DREAM ACT

CONGRESS & THE PRESIDENT CONTINUE TO PLAY WITH OUR LIVES

[Houston, TX] On Friday March 23. 2018 president Trump signed an Omnibus Bill which included $1.6 Billiom in Border Wall funding but NO DREAM ACT. FIEL spokespeople are available for comment.

After much rhetoric and much negotiating congress and the President agreed on an omnibus bill which included funding for many things including $1.6 billion for the border wall which the President Trump said it was a first good step. After threatening to veto Trump signed this omnibus bill but not without blaming his opposing party for not acting on DACA.

" We are deeply disappointed that once again Congress and the President have failed in protecting DREAMers and their families. It is truly disturbing that our nation’s President has blamed others for the situation which he created. DACA has protected 800,000 young people form deportation for the last 6 years. It is truly a shame that the President continues to use DREAMers as a bargaining ship to push for his own hateful and discriminatory agenda. Congress has further turned its back on dreamers by not standing up to the President and doing the right thing for immigrant and their families. Our community is gravely suffering under this administration which is why we need solutions for all immigrants as any downfall in the immigrant community can have grave consequences for communities at large in the U.S. " -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