Immigration Law

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Texas Supreme Court on Immigration Detention, Licensure, Standing: Grassroots Leadership v. TDFPS
Posted on 17 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership v. TDFPS "In this suit, we determine whether the plaintiffs have standing to challenge a Department of Family and Protective Services licensing rule governing immigration detention centers. The court of appeals concluded that... 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

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

Groups Sue ICE Over Detained Immigrants in Texas
Posted on 17 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Apr. 15, 2020 "Civil rights groups are suing the federal government seeking the release of medically vulnerable immigrants held at three Texas detention centers, according to a lawsuit filed today. MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense... Read More

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

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

Report: Human Rights Abuses Alleged at West Texas Detention Facility - "I Was Treated Like an Animal"
Posted on 26 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), the Texas A&M University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, and the University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic, Mar. 22, 2018 - "This report is prepared on... Read More

Man of Two Countries at Home in Neither
Posted on 29 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"After years in North Texas, Marco Pacheco left Mansfield 17 months ago for Mexico, determined to “get right by the law.” His parents had brought him to Texas unlawfully when he was 12. He graduated from Mansfield schools and a Fort Worth... Read More

Feds Planning Massive Family Immigration Jail in South Texas
Posted on 6 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Federal officials are planning a new for-profit family detention lockup for immigrant children and their parents in South Texas. The 2,400-bed “South Texas Family Detention Center”—as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is... Read More

Texas Mulls Licensure of Immigration Jails for Refugee Kids, Moms
Posted on 31 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrea Ball, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 29, 2016 - "The speakers trekked to the podium one after another, simultaneously lambasting and pleading with a panel of child protection officials weighing the fate of thousands of immigrant mothers and... Read More

Texas Court Issues Temporary Injunction Prohibiting Licensing of Dilley Family Detention Camp
Posted on 2 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership, June 1, 2016 - " In a major victory for advocates, an Austin judge has issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a child care license under lowered... Read More

Lawsuit Aims to Prevent Licensing of Texas Refugee Gulags (Updated: Link to Lawsuit Added)
Posted on 22 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune, Oct. 22, 2015 - "A watchdog group is suing the agency charged with protecting the state’s most vulnerable Texans, alleging the department fast-tracked a policy change that might help the federal government... Read More

Feds Open Third Baby Jail for Refugee Minors in North Texas
Posted on 22 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

JULIETA CHIQUILLO, ANA AZPURUA and DIANNE SOLIS, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 21, 2015 - "More than 170 Central American migrant children are settling in a camp in rural Rockwall County as the federal government announced that a third camp in Texas... Read More

GEO Group Gives Money to Trump, Gets $110M Immigration Prison Contract
Posted on 21 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Celeste Katz, Mic, Apr. 14, 2017 - "The Trump administration has awarded its first federal contract for a new immigrant detention center to be built in Texas. The $110 million deal went to GEO Group , a private prison company that runs 143 facilities... Read More

The Refugee Jail Deep in the Heart of Texas
Posted on 18 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aseem Mehta, Dec. 2015 - "While families fleeing the Middle East continue to dominate the news, the U.S. government has quietly built a gargantuan detention center for Central American migrants." Read More