Austin non-profit American Gateways seeks Executive Director

"American Gateways is seeking its next Executive Director. As American Gateways – formerly the Political Asylum Project of Austin – PAPA) – approaches its 25th year of providing high-quality legal services and education to immigrants and refugees, the organization seeks a...

In Austin: From Minor Violations, Deportations

Front page, above the fold, Sunday, Mar. 18, 2012, Austin American-Statesman : "Dave Harmon, who has reported on border issues since the 1990s, and database editor Christian McDonald spent two months combing through three years of Travis County Jail booking records — totaling 258,000 ...

Will Austin Grow Green EB-5 Visas?

"Saying Austin can become a magnet for investment in green energy jobs, Mayor Lee Leffingwell unveiled plans Monday to take part in a federal program that lets foreign investors earn green cards in exchange for creating jobs. Flanked by a host of Austin elected officials, including state...

Free Deferred Action Screening in Austin TX August 4th

"Saturday, August 4, 2012, 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M, Catholic Charities of Central Texas, 1625 Rutherford Lane, Austin, TX 78754 (Near HWY 183 and Cameron Rd.) Find out if you might qualify for President Obama’s Deferred Action Program for “DREAMERS.” (Development, Relief, and...

Making a Difference: Austin's Workers Defense Project

"As WDP volunteers, Timms and Tzintzún started off by filing intakes and wage claim cases with workers who weren't getting paid and educating people on street corners about their rights to fair treatment and safe working conditions. Then they decided to kick things up a notch —...

USCIS Panel Discussion: Immigration and Entrepreneurship - Austin, TX, March 8, 2013

Immigration and Entrepreneurship - A Conversation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services March 8, 2013 University of Texas at Austin A.C.E.S Building, Avaya Auditorium 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency responsible...

A Fish Called...DACA?

"This is a story about a fish that nearly got Jesus Gutierrez deported." - Austin American-Statesman, Apr. 3, 2013 .

Sister Takes Citizenship Oath for Disabled Brother

"In the little, tidy living room in a house off Stassney Lane, Nicolasa Velasquez raised the right hand of her older brother, looked immigration officials in the eye and pledged on his behalf to defend the U.S. Constitution. He is an invalid, her brother Antonio, and in such cases the law encourages...

Immigrants Get Fresh Start at Austin's Casa Marianella

"Hundreds of immigrants from all around the globe have found refuge at Casa Marianella. Located in a quiet neighborhood in East Austin, the shelter consists of three houses at the end of a small street, close to the train tracks. It’s a place where immigrants can go to feel safe, get situated...

Austin City Council Reject S-Comm

"In a 7-0 vote Thursday evening, City Council unanimously passed a resolution formally opposing the federal Secure Communities program, through which immigration officials identify jail inmates for deportation – including large numbers of arrestees detained at the Travis County jail."...