‘No longer have to stress’: Houston ‘Dreamers’ react to President-elect Joe Biden’s immigration plan
HOUSTON – Positive news for thousands of immigrant families in the Houston area. Many are excited about the new possible pathway to citizenship but many are also cautiously optimistic. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to unveil a new immigration plan on Wednesday, which would allow millions of qualifying immigrants a pathway to a green card and then citizenship. But Cesar Espinosa, the executive director of FIEL Houston, said families should be cautiously optimistic. All we’re asking is to really sit down and have an open conversation about fixing our broken immigration system,” Espinosa said.
Nobody is above the law: Local civil rights organization files lawsuit against Trump for not allowing DACA applications
HOUSTON Immigrant-led civil rights organization, FIEL, has filed a lawsuit filed against President Donald Trumps administration that claims the administration isnt allowing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants to apply to the program weeks after the Supreme Court upheld it. Raed Gonzalez, the attorney handling the class action lawsuit, said he is asking the court to take action to allow DACA applications to be processed in a timely manner. Gonzalez said there was a mandate that said the DACA program was unlawfully canceled. That means the government is preventing new applicants from applying and not upholding the Supreme Courts decisions, Gonzalez said. Espinosa and Gonzalez are encouraging anyone who wants to learn more about the FIEL, the lawsuit or to participate in the lawsuit, to reach out to FIEL Houston or to Raed Gonzalezs law firm.
Hispanic/Latino community urged to get tested as COVID-19 cases surpass other populations
The Hispanic/Latino community accounts for 38% percent of COVID-19 cases, according to Harris County Public Health. Those statistics and stories like Quinteros are the reason Houstons East End was chosen for a new testing site. The mobile site opened Monday morning at HCCs Southeast Campus located at 301 N. Drennan St. Monday morning with a long line. The challenge is getting more people within the Hispanic community to show up. Espinosa said while some contracted the virus through community spread and partying, he said others may have been infected on the job.