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Commissioners Court unanimously proclaims June 16 as International Domestic Workers Day.
Rosa San Luis
Rosa San Luis

Commissioners Court commends domestic workers by honoring local groups with a proclamation

Commissioners Court proclaimed June 16 as Domestic Workers Day and is united in working to ensure that domestic workers obtain a safe, fair and protected work place in Hidalgo County.

"A large number of domestic workers have been taken advantage of for so long because of their status, therefore are afraid to come forward," said Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr.  "Today we are here to show support and offer our help."

On June 16, 2011, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted a landmark treaty, the Convention of Decent Work for Domestic Workers, setting out the rights of domestic workers for the first time, requiring countries to guarantee domestic workers the same rights as other workers regarding daily and weekly rest periods, working hours, overtime compensation and adequate protection against violence.

"Thank you for recognizing the importance of this proclamation," said Rosa San Luis with Fuerza del Valle. "We all want a safe and fair place to work."

Many of the world’s domestic workers are excluded from protections in their country’s labor laws due to the restrictive immigration systems, placing about 11.5 million migrant domestic workers worldwide at risk of labor exploitation and abuse, read the proclamation.

Hidalgo County would like to recognize and honor a growing movement of domestic workers in the Rio Grande Valley and commend them for their solidarity. Thank you to the following organizations for their support of domestic workers: Valley Equal Voice Network, FUERZA del Valle Worker’s Center, Mano-a-Mano, Proyecto Azteca, and La Union Del Pueblo Entero.  

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Community groups support family unification of undocumented children and parents 

In recent months, fear of separation has been greatly heightened among undocumented immigrant families. A resolution was introduced in support of opposing separation of undocumented children and parents, asking the federal government to implement policies that will secure family unity.

"I'm so proud to be here today as a resident in Pct. 4 to speak on this resolution sponsored by Commissioner Joseph Palacios," said Proyecto Azteca Executive Director Ann Williams Cass.

Palacios said he empathizes with the plight of immigrants.

"We are filled with individuals who migrated to this area," said Palacios.

The United States is a country of immigrants and the Federal Government has failed to grasp the importance of immigration for our country and, since April of 2018, has implemented a “zero tolerance” immigration policy that has resulted in the separation of countless parents and children.

"We know the separation itself is traumatic on the children and parents, and causes not only physical damage, but permanent mental, emotional, and spiritual damage," said Cass. "We are doing it on purpose to punish them for seeking safety."

The Federal Government’s policy of separating undocumented children and parents contradicts the core values of the United States, read the resolution.

District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. said the United States government should not separate children from their parents, adding that while he doesn't agree with the practice, he understands first-hand that the law of the land must be followed.

"The government should not use the children as scapegoats," Rodriguez said. "However, I believe we are in a position where we can make a difference."

The separation policy has resulted in at least 1,475 undocumented children who cannot be accounted for by the federal government. Undocumented children that are separated from their family are particularly vulnerable to crime, exploitation, and prostitution.

"This is a very complex issue and we're in a position where we can make a difference," said Palacios. "We need to roll up our sleeves and find better answers to this issue and lead with example."

Evidence suggests that immigration deterrence policies involving separation of families do not stop illegal immigration. 

"The American Civil Liberties Union reports over 1,000 children separated over the last five weeks," said Cass. "I would like to set up a County task force to brainstorm on how we can stop this practice."

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Health and Human Services with Commissioners Court.

Blue Tie Day celebrated in honor of Men's Health Awareness Month

To raise public awareness about the importance of male health and to encourage men to live longer and healthier lives through early detection and treatment of diseases, Commissioners Court approved a resolution honoring National Men's Health Month.

Each year June is observed as National Men's Health month and the week leading up to Father's Day is known as Men's Health Awareness week.  

"Our numbers here in the Valley are extremely high for prostate cancer," said Health and Human Services Chief Administrative Officer Eduardo Olivarez.

Wearing a blue tie in support to raise awareness in men's health, Olivarez also encouraged citizens to get annual check-ups.

"Making annual visits to the doctor and self educating on the importance of health issues men face is detrimental to men's lives and their families," Olivarez said.

Every year more than 100,000 men in the United States and nearly 45,000 in Texas alone lose their lives to cancer with the most common kinds of cancer among men being prostate cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer, read the resolution. 

Hidalgo County Health and Human Services is committed to increasing men's health awareness by encouraging everyone to participate in “Blue Tie Day” each Tuesday during the month of June.

Did you miss today's meeting? Watch it at 9 p.m. Thursday on KMBH Ch. 10 or on the county's YouTube Channel!

If you missetoday's meeting, you can view it on our county website or YouTube Channel by clicking hereYou can also watch today's Commissioners Court and Drainage District meetings on KMBH TV, cable channel 10, on Thursday at 9 p.m. Or watch it on Friday morning at 9 a.m. on your local school district channel 17.

The next regular meeting of Commissioners Court will be on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. 
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