Latino Workers Fuel 'Texas Miracle' - Let's Pay Them Fairly: Cristina Tzintzún

"Latino workers, documented and undocumented alike, are keeping our state’s economy afloat. Texas has one of the largest and most important construction industries in the nation, and it is driven by Latino workers — they represent 81 percent of the 1 million-strong Texas construction...

ICE, CCA Funnel Immigration Detention Dollars from Texas to Arizona

"When the immigration detention center in Dilley fills up next year, the city of Eloy, Arizona, population 16,600, stands to make $436,000. Eloy will benefit because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tapped the town as a pass-through to funnel $290 million to a private jail company to operate...

IJ: TX Assault Not Necessarily CIMT

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández writes: "Courts have long used the categorical approach to determine whether a migrant has been convicted of a removable offense. Along with its sibling, the modified categorical approach, this method of statutory interpretation is central...

A Texas Border Militiaman Reconsiders The Mission

"For three years, Gilbert devoted almost all of his free time to chasing down undocumented immigrants in South Texas, a weekend warrior with a call of duty to secure the border. But Gilbert saw something in the brush that he hadn’t expected—ordinary human beings struggling, surviving...

EOIR Expands Legal Orientation Program Sites

"The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced that, beginning Nov. 1, 2014, it will provide assistance to families detained at the Karnes Family Residential Center, in Karnes City, Texas, through the Legal Orientation Program (LOP). The LOP is a program in which representatives...

Texas A.G. Sues Immigration Scammer

"The state attorney general has accused a San Antonio man of pretending to be an immigration lawyer and has filed a lawsuit to make him stop the practice. Donato Arredondo, 62, solicited $171,000 in fees from immigrants in Austin two years ago to help them obtain legal status in the United States...

Border Patrol Stops, Arrests Many - Including Americans - Far From Border

"Most Texans probably think of the Border Patrol as doing what the agency’s name suggests: interrupting illegal activity along the line separating the U.S. from Mexico. Yet over the last decade, agents have regularly made arrests deep inside Texas, according to an American-Statesman investigation...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program To Begin in 2015 On October 17, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Haitian beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions may soon be paroled into the United States approximately two years before their priority dates...

Texas Sues Immigration Scammers: State v. Driskell

"NOW COMES Plaintiff, STATE OF TEXAS (hereinafter, ‘State”), acting by and through he Attorney General, GREG ABBOTT, and on behalf of the public interest, complaining of Defendants GEORGE ALLEN DRISKELL JR., ALEJANDRA DRISKELL A/K/A ALEJANDRA ALVAREZ DE DYER D/B/A DRISKELL ALEJANDRA...

Lawsuit: Scammers Trolled Immigration Jails for Clients

"As immigrants waited in South Texas detention centers to get legal help, a Boerne woman says she trolled the centers to round up clients for three immigration lawyers and eventually for herself, keeping a cut of attorneys fees in an illegal practice that went on for two years, court records show...

Roving Stop Suppression Victory in Texas: USA v. Canales-Rosales

"A traffic stop that snared a human smuggler was illegal because it was more than 50 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, a federal judge ruled ." - CNS, Nov. 17, 2014 .

ICE to Close Artesia, Will Move Refugees to Texas Jails; Protesters Rally at UT

"The Obama administration confirmed Tuesday it is closing a controversial family detention center it had quickly set up in a remote New Mexico community this summer following a surge of Central American children and parents crossing the southwest border. By the end of next month, any detainees remaining...

Texas Governor Issues Executive Order Expanding Use of E-Verify

"Gov. Rick Perry, already jockeying amid a crowded field of potential Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls, issued an executive order Wednesday for state agencies to start using a federal electronic system designed to weed out undocumented workers." - David Saleh Rauf, San Antonio Express...

Old Contract With GEO Group May Tie Karnes County's Hands Over Family Immigration Prison Expansion

"On Thursday afternoon, the Karnes County Commissioners Court, which normally meets before a handful of citizens, moved its meeting to an overflow room. The meeting was unusually well-attended because the county’s residents need to decide — and decide fast — whether their county...

Victory, Shadowed by Injustice: Bond Hearings in Karnes (AILA Leadership Blog)

"Yesterday was one of the happiest days in my life as an immigration lawyer. I’m helping out pro bono with clients at the Karnes Family Detention Center in Texas and yesterday Immigration Judge Glenn McPhaul granted a $1500 bond to my client from El Salvador and her 19 month old toddler...

Giant South Texas Immigration Jail for Refugee Moms, Kids Set to Open

DILLEY, Tex. — "Jeh C. Johnson, the secretary of Homeland Security, came to this South Texas outpost on Monday to open the country’s largest immigration detention facility and draw attention to border security measures that are part of President Obama’s fiercely debated executive...

Feds: Texas, States Lack Standing in Immigration Lawsuit

"The Republican-led states suing President Barack Obama over his executive order not to deport certain illegal immigrants lack standing because they "themselves are not subject" to the order, the Justice Department said Wednesday . Twenty red states, four Republican governors and Michigan's...

Stand and Deliver

"In a political stunt of a lawsuit , Texas and other states claim the White House's immigration initiatives announced on Nov. 20, 2014 are illegal. The problem is that the suit has no legs, because the plaintiffs lack "standing" to sue. In a definitive 55-page memo filed on Dec...

CA5 on CIMT, 'de minimus touching' - Cisneros-Guerrerro v. Holder

"Proceeding pro se, Salvador Cisneros-Guerrerro, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals finding that his prior offense of public lewdness, under Texas Penal Code § 21.07, was categorically a crime involving moral turpitude and...

Groups File Amicus Brief in Texas v. USA Immigration Lawsuit

"Today, immigration, civil rights and labor groups joined the legal effort to defend President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration by filing an amicus “friend of the court” brief in the case, State of Texas vs. United States. In the days after the president’s November...

Florida Goat Farmer Seeks to Intervene in Texas v. USA Immigration Lawsuit

Mitchell Williams, a goat farmer in Palatka, Florida, and self-styled "Tea Drinkers Party Republican write-in candidate for U.S. President in the 2016 election," filed this motion in the Texas v. USA lawsuit now pending in federal district court in Brownsville, Texas.

Twelve States and D.C. Support Executive Action on Immigration, File Amicus Brief in Texas v. USA

"Washington State Attorney General Ferguson spearheads legal brief in support of Obama Administration’s action on immigration “Friend-of-court” brief joined by 11 other states and the District of Columbia SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the...

Sisters From Mexico Rejuvenate High School Basketball in West Texas

"The [Levelland, Texas] Loboettes want to run, score and press. It is an approach that has a lot to do with two sisters — Elizabeth and Sujei Cera — who had barely even heard of this place before moving from Mexico in 2013. Elizabeth, who recently turned 19, and Sujei, 18, are 5-foot...

Mayors Support President, Oppose Texas in Immigration Lawsuit

"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was among more than 30 mayors to go to court Monday to oppose a lawsuit brought by over a dozen states to block President Barack Obama’s immigration-reform plan . Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City and Houston Mayor Annise Parker along with Garcetti organized...

Mayors’ Defense of DACA / DAPA Brings Critical Voice to Legal Battle

"The National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which is made up of cities with populations of 30,000 or more, and 33 individual mayors, including those from the nation’s five largest cities — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia — filed an amicus...