Immigration Law

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U.S. Policy Stole 8 Lives in a Truck; Why the Dying Won’t End - Juan Castillo
Posted on 29 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Juan Castillo, Austin American-Statesman, July 28, 2017 - "Jammed into the back of a locked, pitch-black moving furnace without water or food, eight immigrants began a journey to what they thought would be a better life in America. Instead, inside... Read More

Why Don't They Come Legally? The Answer May Surprise You - Daniel M. Kowalski
Posted on 15 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel M. Kowalski, special to the Austin American-Statesman, Mar. 14, 2017 - "“Why don’t they come in here legally?” It’s the complaint we hear all the time about the nation’s estimated 11.1 million people living in... Read More

A Fish Called...DACA?
Posted on 5 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This is a story about a fish that nearly got Jesus Gutierrez deported." - Austin American-Statesman, Apr. 3, 2013 . Read More

MALDEF, Austin, San Antonio Sue Texas over SB4 Sanctuary Cities Ban
Posted on 2 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, June 1, 2017 - "The City of San Antonio and three non-profit organizations are asking a federal court to block Texas from implementing Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), arguing that the controversial law is unconstitutional, according to a lawsuit filed... Read More

Austin Unitarians Provide Sanctuary to Immigrant
Posted on 12 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"If federal immigration agents want to send Sulma Franco back to Guatemala, they will have to get through the Rev. Chris Jimmerson and other worshipers at Austin’s First Unitarian Universalist Church. “We will resist it. We will invite... Read More

Making a Difference: Austin's Workers Defense Project
Posted on 2 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As WDP volunteers, Timms and Tzintzún started off by filing intakes and wage claim cases with workers who weren't getting paid and educating people on street corners about their rights to fair treatment and safe working conditions. Then... Read More

Sister Takes Citizenship Oath for Disabled Brother
Posted on 13 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In the little, tidy living room in a house off Stassney Lane, Nicolasa Velasquez raised the right hand of her older brother, looked immigration officials in the eye and pledged on his behalf to defend the U.S. Constitution. He is an invalid, her... Read More

USCIS Panel Discussion: Immigration and Entrepreneurship - Austin, TX, March 8, 2013
Posted on 27 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Immigration and Entrepreneurship - A Conversation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services March 8, 2013 University of Texas at Austin A.C.E.S Building, Avaya Auditorium 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration... Read More

Free Deferred Action Screening in Austin TX August 4th
Posted on 23 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Saturday, August 4, 2012, 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M, Catholic Charities of Central Texas, 1625 Rutherford Lane, Austin, TX 78754 (Near HWY 183 and Cameron Rd.) Find out if you might qualify for President Obama’s Deferred Action Program for... Read More

ICE, Austin Are E-Mail Pen-Pals
Posted on 12 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When defending his aggressive implementation of the federal Secure Commun­ities program – an Immigration and Cus­toms Enforcement initiative that has led to the deportation of some 5,000 undocumented immigrants since 2009 – Travis... Read More

Immigrants Get Fresh Start at Austin's Casa Marianella
Posted on 24 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Hundreds of immigrants from all around the globe have found refuge at Casa Marianella. Located in a quiet neighborhood in East Austin, the shelter consists of three houses at the end of a small street, close to the train tracks. It’s a place... Read More

In Austin: From Minor Violations, Deportations
Posted on 19 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Front page, above the fold, Sunday, Mar. 18, 2012, Austin American-Statesman : "Dave Harmon, who has reported on border issues since the 1990s, and database editor Christian McDonald spent two months combing through three years of Travis County... 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

Your Editor On the Road, Moving to Colorado!
Posted on 25 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Posting to may be light and/or delayed for a few days. I'm moving from Austin, returning to my native Colorado, zip 80540. Please bear with me as I pack and unpack boxes. (Have laptop, tablet and smartphone, will relocate!) - Daniel... Read More

Will Austin Grow Green EB-5 Visas?
Posted on 27 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Saying Austin can become a magnet for investment in green energy jobs, Mayor Lee Leffingwell unveiled plans Monday to take part in a federal program that lets foreign investors earn green cards in exchange for creating jobs. Flanked by... Read More