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SAN JUAN, RGV – La Unión del Pueblo Entero held its annual Posada Navideña at the group’s San Juan headquarters on Saturday.

The event helped Rio Grande Valley immigrant families celebrate the holidays with gifts for children, and Christmas songs. Among those who gave presents were PAC Insurance and Amigos Del Valle.

“The aim is to show immigrant families that we value, cherish, and love them,” said LUPE Executive Director Juanita Valdez-Cox. “LUPE’s Posada Navideña provides a space for immigrant families to see that they have a community that cares about them. Families and individuals across the United States are preparing to celebrate unity, love, and life. But for millions of immigrant families and individuals, this holiday season will be met with much uncertainty about their future.”

That uncertainty is based on the lack of a decision by President Trump and Congress on whether DREAM Act students can stay in the country.

“Millions will spend time with their families and loved ones wondering if a deportation will mean that there will be one, or several, empty chairs at the table next holiday season. LUPE’s toy drive and Posada Navideña provides a measure of comfort to these families, while showing them they have a community that stands with them,” the group said in a news release.

Among those to speak at the event was Eduardo Guadalupe Bernal Martinez, Mexico’s new consul in McAllen, Texas.

LUPE is a non-profit that helps immigrant and low-income families in Hidalgo County, Texas.

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