Immigration Law

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Legal questions shroud Gov. Greg Abbott’s move to bus migrants back to the border
Posted on 1 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

JAMES BARRAGÁN, URIEL J. GARCÍA, AUG. 1, 2022 "State and local law enforcement have long transferred custody of undocumented migrants to federal immigration authorities after they’ve been arrested. But previously it’s... Read More

ICAP Letter: Texas Law Prohibits Private Militia Immigration Patrols
Posted on 21 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICAP, May 18, 2022 "Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP)['s] mission is to defend American constitutional rights and values in and out of court. Over the past several years, as... Read More

DOJ Investigating Texas’ Operation Lone Star for Alleged Civil Rights Violations
Posted on 7 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Perla Trevizo, ProPublica, Texas Tribune, July 6, 2022 "Emails obtained by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune confirm that federal authorities are probing discrimination claims involving Gov. Greg Abbott’s multibillion-dollar border initiative... Read More

At Least 50 Dead in Texas Migrant Smuggling Tragedy
Posted on 28 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jaden Edison, Patrick Svitek, Lomi Kriel, Texas Tribune, June 28, 2022 "A tractor-trailer found near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio contained the bodies of 50 dead people, along with 16 others who have been taken to hospitals, according... Read More

25 Years Ago Today, U.S. Marines Shot and Killed This U.S. Citizen on American Soil
Posted on 18 May 2022 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

Texas Used Federal Pandemic Aid Money to Fund "Operation Lone Star"
Posted on 9 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tony Romm, Washington Post, May 6, 2022 "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and top state lawmakers shifted around roughly $1 billion in federal coronavirus aid to help pay for their campaign to arrest migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, exposing gaps in a... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges Texas' "Operation Lone Star" Unconstitutional
Posted on 2 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune, Apr. 28, 2022 "In a new challenge to Gov. Greg Abbott ’s controversial border security crackdown, a lawsuit filed Wednesday is asking a federal court to shut down Texas’ system of arresting migrants... Read More

Fact-checking Texas leaders’ claims about Operation Lone Star
Posted on 27 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

BY PERLA TREVIZO AND LOMI KRIEL, THE TEXAS TRIBUNE AND PROPUBLICA, KENGO TSUTSUMI, PROPUBLICA, AND ANDREW RODRIGUEZ CALDERÓN, THE MARSHALL PROJECT APRIL 27, 2022 "As reporters investigated Gov. Greg Abbott’s border initiative, they... Read More

Expert Blasts Texas Tuition Ruling
Posted on 13 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kate McGee, Texas Tribune, Apr. 13, 2022 "A federal judge has ruled that the University of North Texas can’t charge out-of-state American students higher tuition than undocumented Texans who qualify for lower in-state tuition under a 2001... Read More

Texas' Operation Lone Star Has Not Slowed Migration
Posted on 4 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune, Apr. 4, 2022 "Texas’ border operation is meant to stop cartels and smugglers. More often, it arrests migrants for misdemeanor trespassing. The largest share of Operation Lone Star arrests were of people accused... Read More

Beyond the Bridge: Documented Human Rights Abuses and Civil Rights Violations Against Haitian Migrants in the Del Rio, Texas Encampment
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

RFK Human Rights, Haitian Bridge Alliance, March 2022 "From approximately September 9th to September 25th, 2021, more than 15,000 Black Haitian migrants, desperate to save their lives and the lives of their families, waited under the Del Rio International... Read More

Tags: Haiti , asylum , Texas

Operation Lone Star: A Hard Look
Posted on 22 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lomi Kriel, Perla Trevizo, Andrew Rodríguez Calderón, Jolie McCullough, The Marshall Project, Mar. 21, 2022 "[T]he state’s claim of success has been based on shifting metrics that included crimes with no connection to the border... Read More

ICUMI: Replay This Free ABA CLE Video on Operation Lone Star
Posted on 11 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Video of free ABA Webinar : Operation Lone Star: Texas’s Costly Attempt to Enforce Federal Immigration Law Read More

Free ABA Zoom Webinar - Operation Lone Star: Texas’s Costly Attempt to Enforce Federal Immigration Law (Feb. 24, 2022)
Posted on 22 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Operation Lone Star: Texas’s Costly Attempt to Enforce Federal Immigration Law (Feb. 24, 2022) On March 6, 2021, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott announced the creation of ‘Operation Lone Star,’ his self-proclaimed “catch and jail”... Read More

"Stochastic Terrorism" by QAnon Trumpers Forces Closure of Border Butterfly Sanctuary
Posted on 4 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sneha Dey, Texas Tribune, Feb. 2, 2022 "A South Texas butterfly sanctuary has closed after it was the target of conspiracy theories that escalated into credible threats. The National Butterfly Center, along the U.S.-Mexico border in Mission, has... Read More