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ICE deports American teen...to Colombia

How do you mistake a 14-year-old African-American teenager, who speaks no Spanish, for a 22-year-old undocumented Colombian? Easy, if your heart is ICE-cold and your brain is switched off. Reporting from WFAA in Dallas , the Dallas Morning News , and commentary by Prof. Jacqueline Stevens . Just...

Dallas businessman starts legal clinic to fight for immigrant rights

"Isenberg embraces lost causes the way personal injury lawyers embrace accident victims — but without the financial benefits. He said he does it to defend the U.S. Constitution and because he sees the national dilemma over illegal immigration as the biggest civil rights cause in the...

Dallas Immigration Officer Retires, Investigation Pending

"The top federal immigration officer in Dallas has been on leave since March 16 and will retire on March 31 amid an investigation about money seized from detainees. No reason was given for the retirement of Nuria Prendes, who headed the detention and removal unit at the ICE...

Persecuted Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens in Dallas Ceremony

"A citizenship ceremony in the federal courthouse in Dallas on Thursday paid special homage to the “most vulnerable” newcomers to the United States — those granted asylum from persecution back in their native lands. Among them was Roseline Ngaaje, a teacher and women’s...

Kids Seen More Often in Immigration Court

"In a Dallas federal immigration courtroom, children as young as 12 are increasingly taking center stage. They are part of a troubling rise in unaccompanied minors charged with coming into Texas illegally — boys and girls in search of a childhood, fleeing violence or desperate to reunite...

Federal Judge Mulls Dallas DACA Lawsuit by ICE

"A federal judge is expected to rule within a few weeks or even days on whether Congress has the primary right to amend deportation processes that create benefits for young immigrants, after a hearing Monday in a Dallas district court. Ten U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents, including...

Dallas Property Management Firm Flubs I-9s, Pays $20K Fine and Back Wages

"The Justice Department today reached an agreement with Milestone Management Company, a nationwide residential property management firm headquartered in Dallas, resolving claims that the staffing company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). ...

Is DACA Illegal? A Dallas Court Says, 'Maybe' (UPDATED)

"A court challenge by federal immigration agents seeking to block President Barack Obama’s deferred-deportation initiative will probably succeed, a judge said. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Dallas today put off his own decision on whether to grant the request for a preliminary...

Asylum Requests From Mexico Triple, But Chances Aren't Good

"Bety, who asked for anonymity, is one of thousands of Mexicans displaced by Mexico’s drug-related violence. Enough Mexicans are now fleeing that they’ve become the second-largest nationality, after the Chinese, to seek U.S. asylum, according to the United Nations. Over a five-year period...

Harvard Grad Wins Double Award: Fellowship and DACA

" Pierre Berastaín has focused his energies on what connects us, what restores us and what fortifies us. The graduate of R. L. Turner High in Carrollton is co-founder of the Boston-based Restorative Justice Collaborative . He’s working on his second degree at Harvard, at the Divinity...

Dallas Fed Report Offers Comprehensive View of Texas Immigration

"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 to Texas: Immigration and the Transformation of...

Dallas IJ Sims Booted from Juvie Immigration Court Docket

"A Dallas immigration judge known for tough enforcement is no longer handling cases involving minors. Michael Baird has replaced Deitrich Sims in overseeing the juvenile docket in North Texas. Local immigration attorneys said the change could reduce tension and add flexibility to cases involving...

Did Media Coverage Help Get a Dallas Immigration Judge Reassigned?

"The day the little girls in pink saw their cases dismissed, at the insistence of ICE and over Sims' clear frustration, most of the kids got what they asked for. In fact, after that long morning of hearings, a few lawyers mentioned how smoothly their cases had gone, and a couple wondered whether...

OSC Settles I-9 Discrimination Case for $115K

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Potter Concrete , a company based in Dallas , resolving claims that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of document abuse in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The department’s investigation, which was initiated...

Refugee Children Face Test in Dallas Immigration Court

"The unaccompanied minors in the Dallas courtroom are all from Central America — El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras — where violence, poverty and false beliefs that U.S. authorities treat minors leniently have fueled the crisis at the border. Across the nation’s immigration courts...

Rocket Dockets: Jettisoning Justice For Refugee Kids?

"Lawyers call them rocket dockets — court schedules that speed deportation hearings for Central American children who crossed the U.S. border without a parent. Some question whether the children are getting proper legal representation as immigration judges work their way through the fast-paced...

Practice Alert for Dallas Immigration Court Practitioners

Dallas Immigration Judge Deitrich Sims, despite repeated reversals by the Board of Immigration Appeals, continues to deny various joint and unopposed motions. We previously reported on his denial of joint and unopposed motions to change venue. See: http://goo.gl/bp3wFd In a recent case, he rejected...

Dallas Volunteers Assist Central American Asylum Applicants

"Once a month, lawyers, translators, schoolteachers and other volunteers gather at a free legal clinic at Catholic Charities in northeast Dallas. They listen to horrific stories from children who crossed the Texas border in unprecedented numbers last year seeking refuge from gang violence in Central...

Dallas Immigration Attorney Liz Cedillo-Pereira to Join ICE

"A Dallas immigration lawyer known for vigorous defense of immigrants will become a senior advisor to the nation’s top cop on immigration enforcement. Mary Elizabeth Cedillo-Pereira, 44, will join the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which is headed by former U.S. Attorney...

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Dallas County, Sheriff Lupe Valdez over Immigration Holds, Bonds

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Oct. 27, 2015 - "A federal civil rights suit was filed yesterday by 16 plaintiffs against Dallas County and Sheriff Lupe Valdez over bonds and the use of immigration holds requested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The suit raises Fourth...

Sanctuary Activists Risk Criminal Conviction - Kowalski

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 17, 2017 - "Today's sanctuary movement is essentially a resurgence of a modern-day underground railroad that fanned out from southern Arizona decades ago. It became prominent in the 1980s as Central Americans fled wars in their homelands. During...

Former ICE Chief Says Trump's Immigration Policies Will Hit More People, Harder

Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, Feb. 12, 2017 - "The former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a sweeping executive order signed by President Donald Trump that allows any unauthorized immigrant to be deported for even being suspected of a minor crime will impact many more people...

Maricopa County, once a deportation powerhouse, reverses course over Dallas County lawsuit

Naomi Martin, Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, Feb. 20, 2017 - "A lawsuit filed by immigrants against Dallas County has prompted an about-face in Maricopa County, once known as a deportation powerhouse under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio's successor, Paul Penzone, a newly elected Democrat...

City of Dallas to Join Fight Against Texas Immigration Law (SB 4)

Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune, June 7, 2017 - "The city of Dallas is entering into the battle to stop the state’s immigration law, Senate Bill 4, from going into effect. "The bill is unconstitutional and would infringe upon the city's ability to protect public safety," Mayor...