Civil Rights Group Files Complaint Against El Paso ISD Over Bus Hub

Plans by El Paso ISD to build a bus hub in a low income area are receiving harsh backlash

El Paso ISD has been under fire since it announced plans to build a bus hub in a low-income neighborhood. A community group claims the hub will compromise residents’ health. Yesterday, it filed a civil rights complaint against the district. 

Katherine Villegas is a junior at Bowie High School  where EPISD plans to build the bus hub. She says her neighborhood, Chamizal, is already polluted. Villegas used to wake up really early for track practice.

“You would literally see the haze up in the air and I would ask my mom, ‘Mom, is it gonna rain today?’ And she would be like no miha, that’s all the pollution that’s there,” said Villegas said.

The neighborhood is right on the border with Mexico. Commercial trucks are frequently stalled nearby, waiting to cross an international bridge.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the Environmental Clinic at UT School of Law filed the civil rights complaint on behalf of the community group Families Unidas del Chamizal. They claimed the bus hub will disproportionately affect Chamizal – which has a higher population of Hispanic and foreign-born residents than the city as a whole.