New Report Says Legalization Would Result in $1.4 billion in Revenues for Houston, Texas

"A new report issued this month by the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), a business advocacy organization, confirms that legalization of unauthorized workers would result in those workers earning higher wages and paying more taxes. Potential Tax Revenues from Unauthorized Workers in Houston’s...

A Divide on the Payoff of Legalizing Immigrants

"Granting legal status to the [unauthorized*] immigrants living in one of Texas’ largest metropolitan areas would generate at least $1.4 billion a year in revenue for state and federal agencies, with Social Security and Medicare being the largest potential beneficiaries, according to an...

ICE delivers hefty fines for I-9 paperwork errors; a 'money grab'

"Mike Weir remembers the summer day that federal immigration agents came to his small lightning protection company nestled among cow pastures in Katy and asked to review all of his company's hiring paperwork. Weir said he knew what auditors would soon discover - that zero of his roughly...

Gay, married immigrant spared from deportation

"A gay Costa Rican immigrant has been spared from deportation by a Houston immigration judge based in large part on his marriage to a U.S. citizen, the immigrant's attorney said. Judge Richard Walton on Thursday administratively closed the deportation case against David Gonzalez, an accountant...

Houston Non-Profit Helps with DACA Fees

"[C]andidates are required to dole out an application fee of $465. Aware of the financial challenge this poses, one Houston nonprofit, Protectors of the Dream, announced on Tuesday its intention to award grants to cover the application fee for 10 to 25 lucky Houston, Texas undocumented applicants...

BIA on Social Group, Ghana (Unpub.)

"[R]espondent claims that he belongs to a particular social group consisting of individuals from Ghana who suffer from severe mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, and are indigent and lack family support. ... We conclude, based on the record before us in this case, that the respondent's...

555-Day Backlog at Houston Immigration Court

"Those awaiting hearings at a Houston immigration court should be prepared to wait for much more than a year due to thousands of pending cases, a shortage of judges and the more than two-week federal shutdown in October, a report has found. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse , a data...

Reopening Victory in Houston; Honduras; Changed Country Conditions

"[I]t would be reasonable for a person in Respondent's shoes to be significantly more concerned about his safety than he was in [date.] It would also be reasonable to find that Respondent's fear is more objectionably reasonable due to the increase in homicides and the increased organization...

Feds Bust Immigrant Labor Ring in Houston's Chinatown

"Federal agents arrested the owners of two employment agencies in Houston's vibrant Chinatown on Thursday and charged them with allegedly providing hundreds of undocumented workers, mostly from Latin America, to prep food, bus tables and wash dishes in Chinese restaurants. ... Sun allegedly...

Guilty Pleas in Houston Immigration RICO Cases

"A man and woman from Houston pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering violations in connection with an employment referral conspiracy. Lina Sun, 54, and Chenglun Ma, 57, pleaded guilty to racketeering influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) conspiracy charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith...

Houston Restaurant Management Company Fined for I-9 Flub

"The Justice Department announced today that it reached an agreement with Culinaire International, a catering and restaurant management company headquartered in Houston, Texas, resolving a claim that Culinaire engaged in citizenship discrimination during the employment eligibility reverification...