Immigration Law

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Details Emerge, Questions Remain in Texas 'Rain of Death' Investigation
Posted on 31 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Texas law enforcement agents were close enough to a pickup truck to see it was carrying people, not drugs, before one opened fire, killing two Guatemalan immigrants hiding under a cover in the vehicle's bed, a diplomat said Tuesday. Texas Department... Read More

On the Texas - Mexico Border, Death Rains From the Sky
Posted on 7 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It was in October of 2012 that a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter joined in a hot pursuit in the Rio Grande Valley. Officers suspected that pick-up truck they were chasing was loaded with bales of marijuana. To bring an end the chase... Read More

At the Texas Border, Death Rained from the Sky
Posted on 29 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Guatemalan migrants who tried to make it to America last week no doubt expected trouble along the way, but I'm guessing they could not, in their wildest nightmares, have imagined being gunned down from the skies by a Texas Department of Public... Read More

Border D.A. Asks for Halt to 'Rain of Death'
Posted on 31 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Hidalgo County district attorney has asked the Texas Department of Public safety to temporarily suspend its practice of using airborne sharpshooters to disable vehicles suspected of criminal activity. Last week, two immigrants suspected of being... Read More

No Indictments in Texas 'Rain of Death' Helicopter Shooting
Posted on 14 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A grand jury has declined to indict a Texas trooper who fired from a helicopter at a fleeing pickup near the Mexican border last year, killing two Guatemalan immigrants and sparking controversy. The killings led the Texas Department of Public Safety... Read More

Death on Sevenmile Road - Melissa del Bosque
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Mike Avila, the shooter, wasn’t a soldier, or a federal agent with Border Patrol; he was a state police officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). On Oct. 25, 2012, in the outskirts of the border town of La Joya, local and state... Read More

Texas Helicopter Shooting Deaths: Excessive Use of Force
Posted on 26 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Was it right for a Texas Department of Public Safety employee to shoot at a pick-up truck [from a helicopter,] resulting in the deaths of two undocumented immigrants? Was it a reasonable use of police force? Under the doctrine of proportionality... Read More

Texas Jettisons 'Rain of Death' Helicopter Policy
Posted on 22 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Four months after a helicopter-borne Texas Department of Public Safety trooper mistakenly shot and killed two immigrants in the back of a fleeing pickup near the Mexican border, the agency has banned shooting from helicopters in similar scenarios... Read More