Immigration Law

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Expert: Feds Will Challenge Abbott's Border Plans
Posted on 18 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jorge Cancino, Patricia Clarembaux, Univision, June 17, 2021 "The announcement made last week by the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, that he will implement an immigration plan on the southern border that includes continuing with the construction... Read More

Expert: Abbott's Border Wall "Beyond the Pale"
Posted on 12 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press, June 11, 2021 "Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has offered no details on his plans to construct new barriers along the border with Mexico while also launching an aggressive campaign to arrest migrants —... Read More

Remembering Esequiel Hernández, Jr. - 24 Years Ago, U.S. Marines Shot and Killed This U.S. Citizen on American Soil
Posted on 20 May 2021 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

Cruelty and Corruption: Contracting to Lock Up Immigrant Women for Profit at the Hutto Detention Center
Posted on 30 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UT Law Immigration Clinic, Grassroots Leadership, Mar. 30, 2021 "The story of the T. Don Hutto (“Hutto”) immigration detention center is a story of women deprived of their liberty and dignity in the pursuit of profits for the private... Read More

Expert: Texas DACA Challenge Could Drag On
Posted on 17 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 11, 2020 "DACA still faces a huge challenge: On Dec. 22, a federal judge is scheduled to hold a hearing on its legality in a case brought by the state of Texas. The hearing before U.S. District Judge Andrew... Read More

Crime in Texas: Citizens v. Immigrants (Facts are Stubborn Things)
Posted on 9 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chris Barncard, Univ. of Wisc.-Madison, Dec. 7, 2020 "Crime rates among undocumented immigrants are just a fraction of those of their U.S.-born neighbors, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of Texas arrest and conviction records. Compared... Read More

Is ICE Torturing Detainees?
Posted on 13 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here's the headline: "ICE is Using Torture Against Cameroonian Immigrants to Coerce Deportation, According to New Complaint Filed by Immigrant Rights Groups" Links here , here , here and here . Keep up to date @RAICESTEXAS Read More

Tags: cameroon , ICE , Texas

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