Immigration Law

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Public (Including Media) Denied Access to Border Courts
Posted on 11 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed News, Sept. 11, 2019 "Tent border courts for asylum-seekers forced to return to Mexico under a Trump administration policy have opened for hearings Wednesday in Laredo, Texas — but few got to see inside as the public... Read More

Family Separation Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed
Posted on 20 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Texas Civil Rights Project, Aug. 19, 2019 "Contact: Read the Original Complaint here. McAllen, Texas — The Texas Civil Rights Project and the Escamilla Law Firm filed a lawsuit against the federal government... Read More

Attorneys: Texas Border Facility is Neglecting Migrant Kids
Posted on 24 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cedar Attanasio, Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, June 21, 2019 "A 2-year-old boy locked in detention wants to be held all the time. A few girls, ages 10 to 15, say they’ve been doing their best to feed and soothe the clingy... Read More

Remembering Esequiel Hernández, Jr. - 22 Years Ago, U.S. Marines Shot and Killed This U.S. Citizen on American Soil
Posted on 28 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Every year around this time I remind readers: "In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexican border as part of the war on drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández, Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18 year old was, in fact, a U.S. citizen... Read More

Will Trump Build a Migrant Baby Jail on a Toxic Landfill?
Posted on 15 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Earthjustice, Feb. 12, 2019 "Earthjustice released a report that highlights how a migrant detention center for unaccompanied children is slated to be placed on top of a former landfill and could have damaging effects on children’s health... Read More

South Texas Wildlife Refuge Files Restraining Order Against Feds Over Border Wall Construction
Posted on 12 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gus Bova, The Texas Observer, Feb. 1, 2019 " Late Monday evening, attorneys for the National Butterfly Center asked a federal judge to block the Trump administration from building a border wall at the refuge or using the center’s property... Read More

Texas border fence upends Rio Grande farmer's life
Posted on 28 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"One of the obvious advantages of living within a gated community is the sense of security. But what if you live on the wrong side of the gate? Consider the plight of Tim Loop, 47, who lives on his family farm in Brownsville, at the southernmost... Read More

Tags: fence , farmer , border , Texas

Trump's Border Wall Will Destroy a Federal Wildlife Refuge
Posted on 17 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer, July 14, 2017 - "For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of President Trump’s border wall through... Read More

Lawsuit: U.S. Citizen Children Denied Birth Certificates in Texas
Posted on 29 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A lawsuit contends the state of Texas is routinely discriminating against the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrant parents by denying them birth certificates. According to the civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Austin... Read More

Texas A.G. Shuts Down Immigration Scammers; $930K in Penalties Assessed
Posted on 30 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has resolved the State’s enforcement action against Austin-based legal services provider Just for People, Inc. In July 2012, the State charged Just for People, its directors and its affiliates with providing... Read More

Tags: DTPA , paneque , Texas

Surreal Dream for DREAMers
Posted on 14 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Andrea Gonzalez Garnier, who graduated last spring with a government degree from the University of Texas, and Pedro Villalobos, now in his second year at UT Law School, are Dreamers. They are called that because they are among the nearly 50,000... Read More

Tags: tuition , dream , tilove , Texas

ICE Arrests, Indicts 32 in Immigration RICO Case
Posted on 1 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A task force of federal, state and local law enforcement Thursday began arresting 32 defendants charged with racketeering and immigration violations throughout Texas and Louisiana. ... According to court documents [ indictment 1 | indictment 2 ... Read More

Details Emerge, Questions Remain in Texas 'Rain of Death' Investigation
Posted on 31 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Texas law enforcement agents were close enough to a pickup truck to see it was carrying people, not drugs, before one opened fire, killing two Guatemalan immigrants hiding under a cover in the vehicle's bed, a diplomat said Tuesday. Texas Department... Read More

Dreamers Affected by Federal Judge Order Seek to Defend Their Privacy - NILC
Posted on 4 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILC, June 3, 2016 - "The National Immigration Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Texas today filed a petition for writ of mandamus before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of four people impacted by a recent... Read More

Lawsuit: Scammers Trolled Immigration Jails for Clients
Posted on 17 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More