Ever since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, LUPE, a local community organization that advocates for illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley, has been busy. In fact, to say LUPE has just been “busy” would be a vast understatement. With a Republican controlled congress, Trumps campaign promises of a “Great Border Wall”, and illegal immigration crackdown transcends primary populist rhetoric to the new realities of the Trump America. Meanwhile, LUPE views Trumps immigration stance as oppressive and inherently racist, singling out particularly the Hispanic community.
As Trumps policies began to be enacted through Executive Orders, LUPE responded by forming a resistance movement. With this, they developed a website filled with information on combating any and all forms of enforcement of our illegal immigration laws. Despite Donald Trump losing by 3 million in the popular vote, primarily from the state of California, Mr. Trump won the plurality of states and counties throughout the United States, including regions that have traditionally gone Democratic. With immigration being one of Mr. Trump’s biggest campaign selling point, there’s little doubt that the majority of Americans finally want to see a solution to the immigration issue. All while President Trump begins to offer some solutions, LUPE has remained quiet on what actually should be done about illegal immigration. Continue reading “LUPE Offers No Solutions on Illegal Immigration”
This week, U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D) revealed that President Donald Trumps proposed budget cuts would greatly affect government assistance in the Rio Grande Valley, specifically within Hidalgo County. The McAllen Monitor, which picked up on the budget cuts, provided a list of agencies affected, placing emphasis on Community Development Block Grants, and funds made available to Hidalgo County Community Service Agency to provide job assistance and other forms of aid to the community. With these cuts came the enduring narrative that Trump is an out of touch oppressor of the poor and vulnerable.
Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, in a quote provided to the The Monitor said of the budget cuts:
“It will hurt the poorest of the poor.”
Garcia continued by demonstrating his concern for the poor and elderly, who he believed these cuts are specifically targeting. However, Garcia showed little concern for the 2016 disastrous Health Care Tax Proposal, which if passed, would have greatly affected the county’s most vulnerable from paying more on their property tax, and potentially losing their homes.
It’s ironic that Hidalgo County, which has historically demonstrated to operate on a policy of crony dealing and wasteful and in effective spending, suddenly is the moral authority on government spending. Trump’s proposed cuts allows us to reevaluate the operations of the agencies that receive them, and hold these agencies accountable for how these funds are being used. Continue reading “Trump’s Budget Cuts May Force Hidalgo County Agencies to Trim the Fat.”
On April 18, hundreds of supporters gathered in front of the Federal Courthouse in McAllen, Texas in support of the Deferred Action for Parents or Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The event was organized by La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), an illegal immigration advocacy group, which was founded by revered labor activist, Cesar Chavez in 1989. His presence and influence was abundantly clear as many in the crowd had their t-shirts adorned by his image. LUPE, who favors progressive immigration reform, made mention of Chavez connection to labor rights, and community empowerment. However, what LUPE fails to disclose, either by way of ignorance, or intentionally revising Chavez legacy, was that Cesar Chavez was staunchly anti-illegal immigration… Continue reading “Cesar Chavez Would NOT Support DACA and DAPA.”
More money. For those with too much of it, the mainstream media, politicians, left leaning pundits, and union leaders have influenced massive amounts of Americans on who is to blame for their current economic status. Essentially, the reason why many of us are poor is because there are few at the top holding all the wealth. This has been a prominent stump speech talking point bellowed by Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Presidential Candidate in his continuing push for income equality. Now I will say, I don’t in any way give any clemency to the major financial institutions who’s lending practices during the mortgage crisis helped cripple the middle class. Or disastrous or unfair trade agreements that has allowed major manufacturing, which was once
the backbone of the American economy, to take their manufacturing overseas and across our borders. Tax benefits and lower cost of wages have also contributed greatly to the manufacturing job exodus. With a great majority of good paying jobs gone, those in the service industries, namely the fast food sector, have decided to make a stand and demand higher wages per hour, and that higher wage per hour has a sweet spot. $15. Continue reading “Living Wage Rage. Why $15/hr Solves Nothing.”
Today, The Monitor Editorial Board issued a commentary praising former Edinburg resident, Joaquin Carcano in his efforts to fight back against North Carolina Governor, Patrick McCrory, and his signing into law, the HB2 bill, which overrides individual city ordinances that allows transgender individuals access to any restroom, regardless of gender designation.