Immigration Law

Recent Posts

The Things They Left Behind
Posted on 15 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Design Observer, July 14, 2016 - "When migrants die in South Texas, the objects they leave behind hold clues to their identities. In the fall of 2013, Texas Observer reporter Melissa del Bosque and photographer Jennifer Reel visited Baylor University’s... Read More

Lawsuit Claims Woman’s Deportation Was a Death Sentence
Posted on 27 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. government deported 387,790 people in 2009, one of them a frightened 22-year-old victim of domestic abuse known, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday [June 5, 2013,] as “Laura S.” Despite having a restraining order against her abusive... Read More

Trump's Border Wall Will Destroy a Federal Wildlife Refuge
Posted on 17 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer, July 14, 2017 - "For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of President Trump’s border wall through... Read More

Federal Officials Investigate Fatal Border Patrol Shootings - Melissa del Bosque
Posted on 20 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On July 7, 2012, Juan Pablo Perez Santillan was fatally shot in Mexico by a U.S. Border Patrol agent standing on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande near Brownsville. “ Que se muera el perro —let the dog die,” shouted one of the... Read More

Homeland Insecurity - Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer
Posted on 11 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Want to run drugs, smuggle migrants and get away with it? Join America’s biggest law enforcement agency. - Melissa del Bosque & Patrick Michels, The Texas Observer, Dec. 7, 2015 . Read More

In Artesia, ICE Says 'All of These People Are Going to Be Deported'
Posted on 24 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An immigration attorney, working with Central American asylum seekers, in a newly opened detention facility says it’s becoming clear that the U.S. government is doing whatever it can to deport families as quickly as possible and only going... Read More

As Honduras Unravels, U.S. Struggles to Cope with Refugees
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On Saturday a group of 61 men, women and children walked across the Hidalgo International Bridge near McAllen to seek political asylum. At least 48 of the immigrants were fleeing Honduras, which has the highest murder rate in the world. The men... Read More

Old Contract With GEO Group May Tie Karnes County's Hands Over Family Immigration Prison Expansion
Posted on 7 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On Thursday afternoon, the Karnes County Commissioners Court, which normally meets before a handful of citizens, moved its meeting to an overflow room. The meeting was unusually well-attended because the county’s residents need to decide —... Read More

As Feds Lock Up More Immigrant Families, Abuse Allegations Grow
Posted on 5 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An 8-year-old boy was raped and sexually abused at the Artesia Detention facility in New Mexico but Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials at the facility did little to stop the abuse, said Bryan Johnson an immigration attorney who is representing... Read More

Texas Reporter Awarded Journalism Medal
Posted on 7 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The 2011 Casey Medal judges credited Melissa del Bosque for her unusual "initiative, determination and bravery" in reporting " Children of the Exodus ." She describes what it was like to dedicate herself to reporting this... Read More

Beyond the Border
Posted on 7 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Beyond the border - A partnership between The Texas Observer and the Guardian "Texas has become the deadliest state in the US for undocumented immigrants. In 2012, 271 migrants died while crossing through Texas, surpassing Arizona as the nation's... Read More

Investigation Shows Rich Mexicans Seeking Legal Path to Residency Swindled
Posted on 17 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In the midst of a growing security crisis in Mexico, the McAllen-based USA Now Regional Center offered Mexican families with money an escape: Invest $500,000 in South Texas and get a legal permanent resident card in the United States. But the offer... Read More

Costly Bonds Leave Women Refugees Languishing in Detention
Posted on 18 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Ever since thousands of Central Americans sought asylum in Texas last summer, the White House has been trying to stop other families from doing the same. One of its most controversial tactics is to lock up asylum-seeking women and children in detention... 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