To Our Texas Immigrant Communities: You Are Not Alone

Immigrant Leaders & Freedom Warriors Vow to Protect One Another as Houston & Texas Face Natural Disaster & Political Crises

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Chris Valdez | | 832.844.1480 // Sheridan Aguirre | | 202.780.1276

Austin, TX – Yesterday, immigrant leaders, advocates, and allies rallied outside the Department of Public Safety in North Austin, during Trump’s briefing on Hurricane Harvey, to unite in support of immigrant community members in Houston and across the state.

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This week has presented challenges to the physical, mental and emotional well being of immigrant communities. Hurricane Harvey has left many without a roof over their head and in fear of losing their homes and their jobs.

Meanwhile the state of Texas is set to implement the racist SB 4 law on September 1st, which would conscript local police into Trump’s deportation force, and on September 5th, TX Attorney General Ken Paxton has threatened to sue the administration unless Trump terminates the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Julieta Garibay, Campaigns Director and Co-Founder at United We Dream, said:

“As many of our immigrant sisters, brothers and loved ones in Houston and along the coast grapple with disarray, we want to make it clear that immigrants are Here To Stay, Texas is our home, and we will show up to protect our communities against any and all obstacles the moment brings.

“We call on Governor Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and all Texas politicians of conscious, that they publicly ensure that this moment will not be used to hunt down and persecute immigrant families in need of refuge and shelter. We call on Trump to keep DACA in place so that immigrant youth are able to pick up where they left off — to work, drive and provide for their loved ones.

“Immigrants and our allies across Texas will continue to heal and lend a hand to one another under these crises. We will organize to protect each other, to lift each other up, and fight for our right to live with dignity in our home — Texas.”

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 local groups in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants. You can find more about UWD online at