Immigration Law

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Expert: Will Texas Follow in Arizona's (Losing) Footsteps?
Posted on 5 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jorge Cancino, Univision, Aug. 3, 2021 "An El Paso, Texas, district judge temporarily blocked an order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday that gave Texas border state police extraordinary powers to stop vehicles if officers had reasonable... Read More

Texas and the Dangers of State Immigration Enforcement
Posted on 27 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, July 27, 2021 "In a series of bold actions, Texas has attempted to continue where the Trump administration left off in terms of immigration enforcement. These attempts recently have included threats to build a border... Read More

Mayors Support President, Oppose Texas in Immigration Lawsuit
Posted on 27 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was among more than 30 mayors to go to court Monday to oppose a lawsuit brought by over a dozen states to block President Barack Obama’s immigration-reform plan . Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City and... 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

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

News Excerpts From the Oct. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 20 Sep 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

ICE Issues New Guidelines on Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention Centers: On September 4, 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a directive establishing policy and procedures for the placement of detainees in solitary... Read More

Expert: Texas Abortion Case Raised Constitutional 'Gray Area' in Immigration Law
Posted on 26 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Politico, Oct. 24, 2017 - "A federal appeals court has ruled that an undocumented pregnant minor being held in a federally-funded shelter in Texas can receive an abortion. ... If the teen had been in the United States for a long time or had come... Read More

News Excerpts From the Jan. 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 19 Dec 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

USCIS Ombudsman Recommends Improvements to SIJ Adjudication Process| On December 11, 2015, the Ombudsman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a 12-page report containing recommendations for improving the process for adjudicating applications... Read More

TX Ct. Crim. App. Extends Padilla Coverage: Ex Parte Aguilar
Posted on 21 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ex Parte Aguilar, Sept. 20, 2017 - "[W]hen a conviction automatically triggers a loss of status which, in turn, renders a defendant presumptively removable, Padilla applies. ... [P]lea counsel negotiated a plea agreement for a state-jail felony and... Read More

U.S. Policy Stole 8 Lives in a Truck; Why the Dying Won’t End - Juan Castillo
Posted on 29 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Juan Castillo, Austin American-Statesman, July 28, 2017 - "Jammed into the back of a locked, pitch-black moving furnace without water or food, eight immigrants began a journey to what they thought would be a better life in America. Instead, inside... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live
Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by State Net

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide... Read More