Immigration Law

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Asylum Seekers are Legally in the US Notwithstanding the Political Stunts of Governors Abbott and DeSantis
Posted on 20 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Kaitlyn Box, Sept. 19, 2022 "In a reprehensible political stunt, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas and Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida sent around 150 immigrants to liberal states by bus and plane last week. Some of these individuals... Read More

TX Sup. Ct. Renews Emergency Order Regarding Indigent Defense (Operation Lone Star)
Posted on 30 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Supreme Court of Texas, Aug. 29, 2022 - Renewed Emergency Order Regarding Indigent Defense and the Border Security State of Disaster "ORDERED that: 1. Governor Abbott has declared a state of disaster concerning border security in 53 counties in... Read More

Barcode Bracelet Battle
Posted on 29 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sonia Rincón, ABC7NY, August 25, 2022 "Five buses filled with migrants from Texas arrived in New York City Thursday, one day after dozens of migrants arrived wearing bracelets with bar codes. City officials said they had heard stories about... Read More

Tags: New York , Texas , abbott

Not "Your Regular Wetbacks" - Texas Judge
Posted on 23 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune, Aug. 22, 2022 "A prominent judge in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ’s border security operation to arrest and jail migrants on trespassing charges has been accused of using a racist slur against Latino defendants... Read More

Tags: Texas , abbott

ACLU Letter to DHS: Do Not Collaborate With TX State Cops
Posted on 8 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Aug. 8, 2022 "On July 7, 2022, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order purporting to “authorize and empower the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to . . . apprehend[] immigrants who cross the... Read More

Tags: ACLU , DHS , border , Texas , abbott

Legal questions shroud Gov. Greg Abbott’s move to bus migrants back to the border
Posted on 1 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

JAMES BARRAGÁN, URIEL J. GARCÍA, AUG. 1, 2022 "State and local law enforcement have long transferred custody of undocumented migrants to federal immigration authorities after they’ve been arrested. But previously it’s... Read More

DOJ Investigating Texas’ Operation Lone Star for Alleged Civil Rights Violations
Posted on 7 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Perla Trevizo, ProPublica, Texas Tribune, July 6, 2022 "Emails obtained by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune confirm that federal authorities are probing discrimination claims involving Gov. Greg Abbott’s multibillion-dollar border initiative... Read More

Texas Used Federal Pandemic Aid Money to Fund "Operation Lone Star"
Posted on 9 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tony Romm, Washington Post, May 6, 2022 "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and top state lawmakers shifted around roughly $1 billion in federal coronavirus aid to help pay for their campaign to arrest migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, exposing gaps in a... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges Texas' "Operation Lone Star" Unconstitutional
Posted on 2 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune, Apr. 28, 2022 "In a new challenge to Gov. Greg Abbott ’s controversial border security crackdown, a lawsuit filed Wednesday is asking a federal court to shut down Texas’ system of arresting migrants... Read More

Fact-checking Texas leaders’ claims about Operation Lone Star
Posted on 27 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

BY PERLA TREVIZO AND LOMI KRIEL, THE TEXAS TRIBUNE AND PROPUBLICA, KENGO TSUTSUMI, PROPUBLICA, AND ANDREW RODRIGUEZ CALDERÓN, THE MARSHALL PROJECT APRIL 27, 2022 "As reporters investigated Gov. Greg Abbott’s border initiative, they... Read More

Texas' Operation Lone Star Has Not Slowed Migration
Posted on 4 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune, Apr. 4, 2022 "Texas’ border operation is meant to stop cartels and smugglers. More often, it arrests migrants for misdemeanor trespassing. The largest share of Operation Lone Star arrests were of people accused... Read More

Operation Lone Star: A Hard Look
Posted on 22 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lomi Kriel, Perla Trevizo, Andrew Rodríguez Calderón, Jolie McCullough, The Marshall Project, Mar. 21, 2022 "[T]he state’s claim of success has been based on shifting metrics that included crimes with no connection to the border... Read More

ICUMI: Replay This Free ABA CLE Video on Operation Lone Star
Posted on 11 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Video of free ABA Webinar : Operation Lone Star: Texas’s Costly Attempt to Enforce Federal Immigration Law Read More

Free ABA Zoom Webinar - Operation Lone Star: Texas’s Costly Attempt to Enforce Federal Immigration Law (Feb. 24, 2022)
Posted on 22 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Operation Lone Star: Texas’s Costly Attempt to Enforce Federal Immigration Law (Feb. 24, 2022) On March 6, 2021, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott announced the creation of ‘Operation Lone Star,’ his self-proclaimed “catch and jail”... Read More

Operation Lone Star: "Zero Task or Purpose"
Posted on 2 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Davis Winkie, Military Times, James Barragán, Texas Tribune, Feb. 1, 2022 "Deplorable conditions, unclear mission: Texas National Guard troops call Abbott’s rushed border operation a disaster...The governor has sent waves of troops... Read More