Immigration Law

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Texas Border County, Feds in Feud Over Security Costs
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Lauded last year as a model of cooperation and a means to boost Texas’ robust trade relationship with Mexico, a rail project here in the Rio Grande Valley has hit a snag over the relocation of an X-ray machine. And if Cameron County and U... Read More

District Court Enjoins DAPA, Expanded DACA: Texas v. USA
Posted on 17 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge in south Texas issued an injunction Monday temporarily blocking a program President Obama announced in November that would defer deportation for about 5 million immigrants living in the United States illegally. The White House quickly... Read More

Tags: daca , injunction , Obama , hanen , dapa , Texas

This Blog Post Destroys Texas' Immigration Case
Posted on 13 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Yes, it's a bit long, and yes, it's a bit technical, but this post by Georgetown Law Prof. Martin Lederman shows once and for all why Texas' case has been without merit from day one. Let's hope all Supreme Court justices, and their clerks... Read More

Tags: daca , lederman , blog , dapa , Texas

Man of Two Countries at Home in Neither
Posted on 29 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"After years in North Texas, Marco Pacheco left Mansfield 17 months ago for Mexico, determined to “get right by the law.” His parents had brought him to Texas unlawfully when he was 12. He graduated from Mansfield schools and a Fort Worth... Read More

Texas Judge Blocks Licensing of Family Immigration Jail
Posted on 5 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership, May 4, 2016 -"A judge in Austin today issued a Temporary Restraining Order preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from implementing 40 TEX. ADMIN. CODE § 748.7 to issue a childcare license to... Read More

Feds Charge Texas Immigration Scammer - Law360
Posted on 13 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Law360, July 10, 2015 - "A Texas woman who authorities say ripped off immigrants in federal detention centers by pretending to represent attorneys has been charged with wire fraud and identity theft. Jessica Rivas Alva visited two detention facilities... Read More

Dallas Fed Report Offers Comprehensive View of Texas Immigration
Posted on 5 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"While Texas benefits from having a large, diversified immigrant population, the state faces several challenges to ensure its continued economic advancement, according to a special report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In “ Gone... Read More

Feds Planning Massive Family Immigration Jail in South Texas
Posted on 6 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Federal officials are planning a new for-profit family detention lockup for immigrant children and their parents in South Texas. The 2,400-bed “South Texas Family Detention Center”—as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is... Read More

Dallas Federal Judge Quickly Denies Texas' Second Bid to Block Refugees
Posted on 11 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 9, 2015 - "A federal judge in Dallas denied a state of Texas request for a second temporary restraining order to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees here. The move came after Texas Attorney General... Read More

Tags: judge , TRO , refugees , Texas

Cert. Pet. Filed in CA5 DAPA Challenge: U.S.A. v. Texas
Posted on 20 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Petition for Writ of Certiorari - "The Department of Homeland Security has long engaged in “a regular practice * * * known as ‘deferred action,’” in which the Secretary “exercis[es] [his] discretion” to forbear... Read More

Texas Mulls Licensure of Immigration Jails for Refugee Kids, Moms
Posted on 31 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrea Ball, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 29, 2016 - "The speakers trekked to the podium one after another, simultaneously lambasting and pleading with a panel of child protection officials weighing the fate of thousands of immigrant mothers and... Read More

Feds Seek Full Court Rehearing in USA v. Texas
Posted on 19 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amy Howe, July 18, 2016 - " The filing by Acting Solicitor General Ian Gershengorn acknowledged that it is “exceedingly rare” for the Court to agree to rehear a case. But, the Obama administration emphasized, the Court did precisely that... Read More

Texas Explosion Leaves Widowed Immigrant Mother Tangled in Red Tape
Posted on 30 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When Sandra Villalobos left her home here in February to go to Mexico, the plan was to return with her 11-year-old daughter, who had been raised there, and a green card. She brought her disabled 7-year-old daughter, Mariana, with her. Villalobos’... Read More

DOJ Settles With Texas School District Over Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim; $140K Civil Penalty
Posted on 29 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Nov. 22, 2016 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with the Aldine, Texas, Independent School District resolving allegations that the district discriminated against work-authorized non-citizens in violation... Read More

Texas' War on Birthright Citizenship
Posted on 30 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eric Benson, Rolling Stone, Oct. 29, 2015 - "The Texas Republican Party, which has controlled every statewide office since 1999, has long been unequivocal on the issue of birthright citizenship. Its most recent platform calls on Congress to "clarify"... Read More