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Potato Slaves
Posted on 14 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Patricia Clarembaux and Almudena Toral, Univision, Aug. 6, 2020 "Workers at a potato processing plant in Texas face abuse by their employers but choose to stay silent out of fear of losing their H-2A visas. Most are unaware they’re even victims... Read More

Tags: Texas , H-2A

CBP Responds to Public Comments Regarding the Construction of Border Wall within Certain Areas in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Posted on 29 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 04/30/2020 "On June 27, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice in the Federal Register (84 FR 30745), requesting public comments regarding the construction... Read More

Tags: cbp , border wall , Texas

GAO Slaps CBP for $3.5M Border Tent Boondoggle
Posted on 10 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Apr. 9, 2020 "BORDER SECURITY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Management of a Temporary Facility in Texas Raised Concerns about Resources Used The number of people U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended on the southwest... Read More

Tags: cbp , border , Texas , GAO

TX Gov. Rejects New Refugees
Posted on 13 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2020 "Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday. ... It wasn’t... Read More

Will Trump Deport One of Texas' Best Prosecutors?
Posted on 3 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Michael Hall, Texas Monthly, Dec. 19, 2019 "O n Monday morning, Pedro Villalobos stood in front of his new boss, Margaret Moore, the Travis County district attorney. The young lawyer, who wore a dark blue suit and a tie adorned with sunflowers... Read More

Tags: daca , Trump , Texas

Trump's 'Disposable Americans' - Texas Border Landowners
Posted on 26 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Zolan Kanno-Youngs, New York Times, Dec. 26, 2019 "Eminent domain lawyers and scholars said in interviews that landowners along the border have limited options once they receive a request from the government. They can voluntarily allow the authorities... Read More

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: media@texascivilrightsproject.org 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