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

Tipton Preliminary Injunction: Texas v. USA
Posted on 24 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Texas v. USA "The State of Texas moves for a preliminary injunction to enjoin the United States (the “Government”)1 from executing a 100-day pause on the removal of aliens already subject to a final Order of Removal. (Dkt. No. 62).... Read More

Judge Tipton Extends Texas v. USA TRO 14 More Days
Posted on 9 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Texas v. USA, Feb. 9, 2021 - "...For the foregoing reasons, the Court GRANTS Texas’s request for an extension. The TRO is extended for 14 days until February 23, 2021." 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

The Fifth Amendment's Butterfly Effect on Due Process
Posted on 13 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

North American Butterfly Association v. Wolf "The National Butterfly Center, a 100-acre wildlife sanctuary and botanical garden owned by the nonprofit North American Butterfly Association, lies along the border between the United States and Mexico... Read More

Tags: wall , DHS , border , Texas

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

DHS Waives Laws to Build More Roads on Border (Advance Copy)
Posted on 16 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 07/17/2020 "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... Read More

Tags: DHS , border , Texas

Another Border Law Waiver (Advance Copy)
Posted on 14 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 05/15/2020 "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... Read More

Tags: waiver , border , Texas

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

MALDEF OK'd to Intervene in TX Baby Jail Litigation
Posted on 18 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Apr. 18, 2020 "A federal court on Friday allowed two San Antonio residents, who are seeking to block a for-profit company from opening a controversial detention center for migrant children, to intervene in a lawsuit. In February, MALDEF... Read More