Immigration Law

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Judge Vacates Injunction, Clearing Way for Remain in Mexico Wind Down
Posted on 9 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CGRS, Aug. 8, 2022 " A federal judge has vacated the injunction that forced the government to revive the Trump-era Remain in Mexico policy, which the government concluded had inflicted “unjustifiable human costs.” This officially clears... Read More

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

ICAP Letter: Texas Law Prohibits Private Militia Immigration Patrols
Posted on 21 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICAP, May 18, 2022 "Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP)['s] mission is to defend American constitutional rights and values in and out of court. Over the past several years, as... 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

At Least 50 Dead in Texas Migrant Smuggling Tragedy
Posted on 28 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jaden Edison, Patrick Svitek, Lomi Kriel, Texas Tribune, June 28, 2022 "A tractor-trailer found near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio contained the bodies of 50 dead people, along with 16 others who have been taken to hospitals, according... Read More

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

25 Years Ago Today, U.S. Marines Shot and Killed This U.S. Citizen on American Soil
Posted on 18 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Every year around this time I remind readers: "In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexican border as part of the war on drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández, Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18 year old was, in fact, a U.S. citizen... 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


Expert Blasts Texas Tuition Ruling
Posted on 13 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kate McGee, Texas Tribune, Apr. 13, 2022 "A federal judge has ruled that the University of North Texas can’t charge out-of-state American students higher tuition than undocumented Texans who qualify for lower in-state tuition under a 2001... Read More

BIA Amicus Invitation: Texas Burglary; Crime of Violence; Due Date May 3, 2022
Posted on 12 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Apr. 12, 2022 "ISSUES PRESENTED: 1. Whether, in light of U.S. v. Herrold, 941 F.3d 173 (5th Cir. 2019) (en banc), and regardless of the specific mens rea of an underlying crime, the commission or attempted commission of a felony, theft... 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

Beyond the Bridge: Documented Human Rights Abuses and Civil Rights Violations Against Haitian Migrants in the Del Rio, Texas Encampment
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

RFK Human Rights, Haitian Bridge Alliance, March 2022 "From approximately September 9th to September 25th, 2021, more than 15,000 Black Haitian migrants, desperate to save their lives and the lives of their families, waited under the Del Rio International... Read More

Tags: Haiti , asylum , Texas