• Home

Immigrant Lives Remembered Through Human Rights Efforts

Posted: Updated:

The current political climate mixed with the demand for better pay has created an immigration crisis. South Texas Human Rights Center spokesperson, Eddie Canales says there are many issues that we face today. "We have a broken immigration system, and the approach the we have right now is just an enforcement  approach- we're not dealing with rude causes and why people are leaving." he adds.

On this 15th anniversary, we remember the immigrants who stood side by side in a hot semi truck beginning the journey to a better life- this ultimately led to their own death.

"It's still happening, there's still situations where people are being brought in trailers and people are still dying" says Canales. 

A  rural area, heat, and sometimes no water led to the lonely crosses that line a fence for a memorial here in Victoria. These crosses that became gravestones for the unnamed and undocumented. 

An organization based out of Corpus Christi has one mission:  "The South Texas Human Rights Center is an humanitarian community based organization whose mission is to end death and suffering on the  Texas/México border through community initiatives."

As advocates for fleeing immigrants sometimes their obligation is the gruesome task of finding families for the dead or the lost. 

'Whether people are being detained or apprehended- as families call in regarding searching for their loved ones and then [we] also trying to coordinate rescue and recovery" says Canales.

Here in the crossroads area, there was a shortage of groups and organizations that specifically catered to immigrant communities, meaning those resources may be scarce. However, South Texas Human Rights Center hopes to change the prospective on immigrant human rights and offer safe help. 

Eddie Canales adds that he knows there are people who are willing to help, "its a receiving society, its one that does understand human rights, and there are good people on this side."

    • Former KAVU-TV News Director Don Bradley passes away

      Former KAVU-TV News Director passes away. 

    • Birthday wishes

      I heard it's your Birthday!

    • Study links cardiac fitness to longevity


      Study links cardiac fitness to longevity

    • Jacksonville Shooting: The Latest

       JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say six people have been wounded, some seriously, in what possibly was a gang-related shooting blocks from the NFL stadium in Jacksonville where the Jaguars were hosting the Houston Texans. Ron Lendvay, director of investigations for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, says the shooting erupted near a laundromat at 12:35 p.m. Sunday and that five men and one woman ranging in age from their 20s to the 70s were rushed for medical care. He told ...
    • UHV hosts their annual Roar Leadership Conference

      The University of Houston-Victoria Student Life held a Roar Leadership Conference to help students learn leadership skills. Newscenter 25's David Gibson attended the event and brings us details on how UHV is teaching students leadership. UHV is teaching students how to become future leaders in this world through their Roar Leadership Conference.

    • Down Syndrome League of Victoria holds annual Buddy Walk

      The Down Syndrome League of Victoria held their 10th annual Buddy Walk at Ethel Tracy Park. Newscenter 25's David Gibson went to the walk and talked to a few of the volunteers. Even on a stormy day the 10th annual Down Syndrome League of Victoria's Buddy Walk still pressed forward. "Well this is our 10th year in Victoria, for the local buddy walk. The national walk has been in existence for 21 years," says Joel Steinhauer Down Syndrome League of Victoria. 

    • Goliad remain undefeated in district play with win over Industrial

      The Goliad Tigers moved to 6-1 and 2-0 in district play after blowing out the Industrial Cobra 44-6 Friday afternoon. 

    • Fire starts in second floor of town home on Victoria Station Rd

      The Victoria Fire Department responded to a town home apartment fire on Victoria Station Road Friday afternoon.  

    • Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot reaches $1 billion dollars

      Lottery fever is sweeping the nation because the Mega Million Jackpot has hit a record one billion dollars. Newscenter 25's David Gibson went to see how residents would spend the money. The Mega Millions jackpot hit a record high one billion dollars, so I drove around Victoria seeing what residents would do with that kind of money. 

    • School Nurses learn important lessons about disaster response

      VISD along with nurses from throughout the state of Texas participated in a training on how to handle disasters. Newscenter 25's David Gibson attended the meeting and explains what the nurses are being taught. School nurses from across the state of Texas came to the VISD conference center to get school Emergency triage training.   "We show them how to lay the ground work and have a plan in place so when a disaster whether it's a natural disaster or a man made one.

Current Conditions
/