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PRESS STATEMENT: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TRANSFERS $10 MILLION FROM FEMA TO ICE



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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TRANSFERS $10 MILLION FROM FEMA TO ICE

[Houston, TX] On Wednesday September 12, 2018, in a story on USA today, (read story here) Senator Merkley outlines how the Trump administration took $10 million dollars from the agency to help in detention and deportation operations for ICE. FIEL spokespeople are available for comment.

"We are in the middle of Hurricane season and to have received this news, living in a region devastated by Hurricane Harvey, is a definite cause for concern. We know that there are several significant storm systems coming our way and now more than ever we need the systems that are in place like FEMA so be adequately prepared to respond to anything that comes our way. It is important to point out that last year, after several devastating natural disasters, FEMA had already had a budget shortfall and budget cuts. To take more money from an agency that bears more responsibilities and becomes increasingly necessary is irresponsible. We also condemn the fact that this money will be sued to further Trumps political agenda of detaining and separating more, families and more children. " – 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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Email: cespinosa
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Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS STATEMENT: TRUMP PROPOSES INDEFINITE FAMILY DETENTION



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TRUMP PROPOSES INDEFINITE DETENTION OF FAMILIES

[Houston, TX] On Thursday September 6, 2018 the Trump Administration announce a NEW RULE suspending the Flores Settlement (Flores V Reno) and now announcing that children can be detained with the families INDEFINITELY pending an asylum claim. FIEL Spokespeople are available for comment.

"This is yet another attack by the Trump administration against the immigrant community. In the Flores V Reno case it was determined that holding children in detention for more than 20 days was inhumane. Now 20 years later the trump administration seeks to do away with the ruling and create a new set of guideline.

This could have devastating impacts on over crowding and civil rights violations at detention centers.

We condemn this ruling and hope that someone may challenge it in court before 60 days pass and it is implemented fully. " – 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

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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: BREAKING JUDGE HANEN RULES ON BEHALF OF DACA 4:00pm PRESS CONFERENCE



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BREAKING JUDGE HANEN RULES ON BEHALF OF DACA
4:00pm Press Conference
A small victory for DREAMers around the nation

[Houston, TX] On Friday August 31, 2018 at 4:00pm at FIEL Headquarters (6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036) DREAMERS, Attorneys and advocates will gather to celebrate and give comment on the ruling by judge Hanen in Regards to the DACA laswuit.

What: DACA Announcement PRESS CONFERENCE
WHEN: TODAY FRIDAY AUGUST 31, 2018
WHERE: 6610 HARWIN #214 HOUSTON, TX 77036
TIME: 4:00PM

" We are pleased by this ruling by Judge Hanen in saying that there doe snot need to be an emergency halt on the DACA program. As a DREAMer this situation can be very frustrating and can cause a lot of anxiety. we know that there is a long road ahead but for the more that 7000,000 beneficiaries of the DACA program this offers a sigh of relief We hope that we may continue to push for the continuation for the DACA program as well as a more 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.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston

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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 STATEMENT: PASSPORTS BEING DENIED TO U.S. CITIZENS



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PASSPORTS BEING DENIED TO U.S. CITIZENS

[Houston, TX] On Wednesday August 29, 2018 the Texas Tribune reported on a story of U.S. Citizens being denied passports particularly in the Texas Valley near the U.S. Mexico border. We have seen this question of birthright citizenship come up before. FIEL spokespeople are available for comment.

" Unfortunately this is not the first time we have seen U.S. citizens being denied their passports. In previous administrations there was a questioning of the validity of peoples citizenship especially when they are born to a midwife which is common practice in rural areas and in areas where the cost of hospitalization may be unattainable for some. We want to make sure to encourage U.S. Citizens (including naturalized citizens) to continue in their process of obtaining their passports. We would also like to point out that this does not change the process of obtaining their children’s passports even if the parents are without status. We also encourage people who may find themselves in situations where there are doubts to seek immediate legal counsel. " – 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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Twitter: @fielhouston

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https://www.texastribune.org/2018/08/29/us-denying-passports-americans-along-border-throwing-their-citizenship/

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: SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO 5 STEM LATINX YOUTH

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SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO 5 STEM LATINX YOUTH

[Houston, TX] On Thursday August 30 at 6:30 pm at Leonel Castillo Center (2101 South St, Houston, TX 77009) community members will gather to honor 5 deserving Latin X youth with a $2000 scholarship. The scholarship is a privately funded initiative by Gustavo Suarez. He is available for comment.

Background on Gustavo Suarez:

After blowing out close to USD$500K back in 2008 due to bad business ventures & the US Great Recession, no money, and a deportation letter from immigration on my desk. I thought it was over for me. Back in 2011, I met my mentor. He believed in me and helped me to dream bigger than I thought. A few years later, I turned my life around. I graduated as a petroleum engineer and successfully built 2 companies that provide me with the financial foundation that allows me to do what I love the most: Help my community.

"I told my self that giving back could not stop here. I received a life changing benefit and now it is time for me to pass the ball. This is why I decided to start a self-funded scholarship with a mentoring component. The STEM recipients have been selected by the committee who kindly donated their time to make this a reality. "- Gustavo Suarez

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PRESS ADVISORY: DREAMERS GATHER ON 6TH ANNIVERSARY OF DACA



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DREAMERS GATHER ON 6TH ANNIVERSARY OF DACA

[Houston, TX] On Wednesday August 15 , 2018 at 11:00am at FIEL Headquarters (6610 Harwin #214 Houston , TX 77036) DREAMERS will gather to share their stories on how DACA has changed their lives and the lives of many of those around them. DREAMERS and FIEL Spokespeople are available for comment

"On the 6th anniversary of DACA we want to make sure that all are reminded of the countless contributions immigrants and DREAMers have made into the U.S. Economy. It is important that we recognize and value this and instead of attempting to remove the program that we may come together and find a permanent solution for DREAMers and their families. As undocumented people we are facing tough times but we are a resilient community and we will prevail. " – 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 STATEMENT: THOMPSON TRIAL NEW DATE #JUSTICEFORJOHN



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STATEMENT NEW TRIAL DATE

[Houston, TX] Terry Thompson charged with the murder of John Hernandez will go on trial again on October 8, 2018. FIEL spokespeople and other community supporters are available for comment.

"We continue to stand by the Hernandez family in their fight to get Justice for John Hernandez. We would hope that did not have to endure this painful procedure once more but we understand that to get justice we must go through the court process. The family feels glad that their sons murderer will go on trial again and they would like for this new trial to be done in a diligent manner. " – 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 ON DACA HEARING



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STATEMENT ON DACA HEARING

[Houston, TX] On Wednesday August 8, 2018 Judge Hanen heard arguments on the DACA case pending before federal court. At this time judge Hanen has made no ruling and in fact has asked for additional evidence. FIEL spokespeople are available for comment.

"We are positive in the community’s efforts and the legal team’s efforts to keep DACA alive. We know that this judged has ruled negatively on immigration reform but we hope that he considers the full merits of this case and allows the DACa program to keep functioning as is. We hope that we may have a positive resolved and that in the end we continue to fight for what we really need which is 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.

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 ADVISORY PRESS CONFERENCE 9AM FARAZ HAS BEEN RELEASED! #FREEFARAZ #FARAZISFREE



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FARAZ HAS BEEN RELEASED! #FARAZISFREE
Student in detention is now free and will fight his case

[Houston, TX] On Thursday August 2, 2018 at 9:00am at FIEL Headquarters (6610 Harwin #238 Houston, TX 77036) Faraz Hussain, his family, and supporters will gather to tell the tale of his ordeal and the weeks he spent in detention. We will also be requesting for the government to stay his removal . FIEL spokespeople and the Hussein Family will be available for comment.

On July 3rd, 2018, Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain was arrested by TSA and placed in an ICE detention center. He is here on a student visa. TSA officer threatened to deport his family and forced him to sign a paper that relinquished his rights and was sent to an ICE detention center. He was being held there until he underwent a credible fear test. He has undergone the ttest and was released late Tuesday night. Mr Faraz will now continue to fight his case in hopes of remaining in the country.

"We are happy that Mr Faraz has been released but we all understand that he now faces a long legal road ahead of him. We do not know what will happen next but we will continue to stand by the family in the process. It is important to point out that Mr Faraz was her eon a student visa at the time of his detention and it was at officer discretion that we has detained. We stand by our Muslim brother and will fight for all communities facing immigration uncertainty. " – 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 ADVISORY: FARAZ HAS BEEN RELEASED! #FREEFARAZ #FARAZISFREE



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832-512-3733
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Alain Cisneros (Español)
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FARAZ HAS BEEN RELEASE! #FARAZISFREE
Student in detention is now free and will fight his case

[Houston, TX] On Thursday August 2, 2018 at 9:00am at FIEL Headquarters (6610 Harwin #238 Houston, TX 77036) Faraz Hussain, his family, and supporters will gather to tell the tale of his ordeal and the weeks he spent in detention. We will also be requesting for the government to stay his removal . FIEL spokespeople and the Hussein Family will be available for comment.

On July 3rd, 2018, Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain was arrested by TSA and placed in an ICE detention center. He is here on a student visa. TSA officer threatened to deport his family and forced him to sign a paper that relinquished his rights and was sent to an ICE detention center. He was being held there until he underwent a credible fear test. He has undergone the ttest and was released late Tuesday night. Mr Faraz will now continue to fight his case in hopes of remaining in the country.

"We are happy that Mr Faraz has been released but we all understand that he now faces a long legal road ahead of him. We do not know what will happen next but we will continue to stand by the family in the process. It is important to point out that Mr Faraz was her eon a student visa at the time of his detention and it was at officer discretion that we has detained. We stand by our Muslim brother and will fight for all communities facing immigration uncertainty. " – 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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