Making Waco a better place one person at a time.
- There are approximately 43.3 million foreign-born people living in the United States.
- More Mexican immigrants are returning home than arriving in the United States. From 2009 to 2014 1 million immigrants returned to Mexico while 870,000 arrived in the U.S.
- Except under special circumstances, immigrants who are illegally present in the U.S. can be deported under federal law.
Waco Immigrants Alliance
Maria Delgado, Waco Immigrants Alliance Organizer
A: They help boost our economy buy paying taxes and spending their money in our community. A lot of immigrants take jobs that other people won't take because they pay lower than minimum wage.
Q: How many immigrants do you serve daily?
A: It can vary, but around 7 people.
Q: How can we make things better and resources do you need from us?
A: Raise awareness and volunteer by participating in different events.
Q: At what age can we get involved?
A: We have a youth coordinator who helps rally our youth, teenagers can start helping at 16 years old with their parent permission.
Q: What is the most important thing you do?
A: Diffuse anxiety and let people know that they are not alone by offering support.
Q: Where should we put posters?
A: With permission from business owners, around town including restaurants.
Q: Is there anything else we should know?
A: You need to vote when we are of age!
Tactics: Inform the Community
- We will make poster that will have information about Waco Immigrants Alliance as well as other resources that immigrants might find useful.
- Our posters will be in Spanish and english.
- Our posters will be placed around the city of Waco as well as on social media.
- Lead a group to help with resources for immigrants.
- Donate items and time for immigrants.
- Raise awareness by hanging up our posters and passing out flyers that talk about to resources.
- We can volunteer with local organizations and groups that tackle immigration issues.
Local, State, and National Level
- We can go to stores, like HEB and Salvation Army, in Waco and ask the managers to hang up our posters and pass out our flyers.
- We can post ads in the Waco Tribune that tell what resources are available and where they are located.
- We can have local school districts post our posters.
- Hold an assembly at local school districts.
- Go to our Congressman and Governor and let them know about this issue.
- Bring our information to the President.
What can other people do to help?
- Other people can volunteer to pass out flyers and posters.
- Other people can donate money to us so we can pay to make more flyers and posters.
- They can be advocates on this issue by educating themselves and others about immigration issues.
Community Members Thoughts and Opinions
What do you know about immigration?
Gabby Rivera, Doctoral Student: It is hot topic lately, families are being separated, and the President is wanting to build a wall.
How would you propose to solve immigration issues?
Dr. Tracey Sulak, Professor: Opening borders could help solve immigration issues.
Gabby Rivera, Doctoral Student: By getting involved and bring more awareness to the issue.
What worked well about our idea and what do you think we should improve on?
Dr. Tracey Sulak, Professor: Think about where to put the posters.
Gabby Rivera, Doctoral Student: Make the information more accessible by utilizing the internet and social media as well.
What we learned
"I learned that are never support to give up when times are hard," stated Samya.
"I learned that mistakes are good because you learn from them," said Paxton.
"I learned that there are more problems and solutions to problems in our community," stated Max.
"I learned that it is important to help the community," said Casen.
"I learned about community issues in Waco," stated Meagan.
"I learned to never judge people by how they look," said Josilyn.
"I learned how to be a good citizen," stated Vianey.