Immigration Law

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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

Feds Waive Environmental Laws for More Border Barriers in South Texas
Posted on 2 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 126 / Monday, July 1, 2019 "The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements in order to ensure the... Read More

Tags: NEPA , DHS , border , Texas

Advance Copy of DHS Notice: Border Barriers in Starr County, Texas
Posted on 28 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 07/01/2019. "Owing to the high levels of illegal entry within the Rio Grande Valley Sector, I must use my authority under section 102 of IIRIRA to install additional physical... Read More

Tags: border , Texas

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 Businesses File Pro-DACA Brief; Ending Program Would Cost Economy Billions
Posted on 25 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mark Curriden, Texas Lawbook, July 22, 2018 - "A federal lawsuit by Texas officials earlier this year seeking to order the end of the federal immigration program called the Deferred Act for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, will have "immediate,... Read More

Stand and Deliver
Posted on 26 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In a political stunt of a lawsuit , Texas and other states claim the White House's immigration initiatives announced on Nov. 20, 2014 are illegal. The problem is that the suit has no legs, because the plaintiffs lack "standing"... Read More

Texas Explosion Leaves Widowed Immigrant Mother Tangled in Red Tape
Posted on 30 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When Sandra Villalobos left her home here in February to go to Mexico, the plan was to return with her 11-year-old daughter, who had been raised there, and a green card. She brought her disabled 7-year-old daughter, Mariana, with her. Villalobos’... Read More

DOJ Settles With Texas School District Over Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim; $140K Civil Penalty
Posted on 29 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Nov. 22, 2016 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with the Aldine, Texas, Independent School District resolving allegations that the district discriminated against work-authorized non-citizens in violation... Read More

Texas Border County, Feds in Feud Over Security Costs
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Lauded last year as a model of cooperation and a means to boost Texas’ robust trade relationship with Mexico, a rail project here in the Rio Grande Valley has hit a snag over the relocation of an X-ray machine. And if Cameron County and U... Read More

District Court Enjoins DAPA, Expanded DACA: Texas v. USA
Posted on 17 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge in south Texas issued an injunction Monday temporarily blocking a program President Obama announced in November that would defer deportation for about 5 million immigrants living in the United States illegally. The White House quickly... Read More

Tags: daca , injunction , Obama , hanen , dapa , Texas

This Blog Post Destroys Texas' Immigration Case
Posted on 13 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Yes, it's a bit long, and yes, it's a bit technical, but this post by Georgetown Law Prof. Martin Lederman shows once and for all why Texas' case has been without merit from day one. Let's hope all Supreme Court justices, and their clerks... Read More

Tags: daca , lederman , blog , dapa , Texas

Dallas Fed Report Offers Comprehensive View of Texas Immigration
Posted on 5 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"While Texas benefits from having a large, diversified immigrant population, the state faces several challenges to ensure its continued economic advancement, according to a special report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In “ Gone... Read More