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Texas A.G. Blocks Immigration Scammer

From the official website, July 25, 2012: Attorney General Abbott Charges Austin Group with Providing Unauthorized Legal Services State’s enforcement action cites Gabriella Paneque and other defendants for offering unlawful immigration services AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg...

Lawsuit: Austin Business Fleeced Immigrants

"The Texas attorney general's office has frozen the assets of an Austin-based group that it says broke state laws by promising immigration assistance to clients — sometimes for large sums of money — that it did not deliver, officials said Wednesday. Travis County state District Judge...

Intercontinental Love, Interrupted

"Today, a sad tale of intercontinental love interrupted by Texas law. It involves a couple who’ve seen each other only once since marrying 21 months ago." - Ken Herman, Oct. 11, 2012 .

News Excerpts From the Oct. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

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 confinement. Under the new guidelines, detainees...

Man of Two Countries at Home in Neither

"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 community college. But without legal status,...

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...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live

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 social services, job training and preventive...

Texas A.G. Sues Immigration Scammer

"The state attorney general has accused a San Antonio man of pretending to be an immigration lawyer and has filed a lawsuit to make him stop the practice. Donato Arredondo, 62, solicited $171,000 in fees from immigrants in Austin two years ago to help them obtain legal status in the United States...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program To Begin in 2015 On October 17, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Haitian beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions may soon be paroled into the United States approximately two years before their priority dates...

Texas Sues Immigration Scammers: State v. Driskell

"NOW COMES Plaintiff, STATE OF TEXAS (hereinafter, ‘State”), acting by and through he Attorney General, GREG ABBOTT, and on behalf of the public interest, complaining of Defendants GEORGE ALLEN DRISKELL JR., ALEJANDRA DRISKELL A/K/A ALEJANDRA ALVAREZ DE DYER D/B/A DRISKELL ALEJANDRA...

Lawsuit: Scammers Trolled Immigration Jails for Clients

"As immigrants waited in South Texas detention centers to get legal help, a Boerne woman says she trolled the centers to round up clients for three immigration lawyers and eventually for herself, keeping a cut of attorneys fees in an illegal practice that went on for two years, court records show...

Old Contract With GEO Group May Tie Karnes County's Hands Over Family Immigration Prison Expansion

"On Thursday afternoon, the Karnes County Commissioners Court, which normally meets before a handful of citizens, moved its meeting to an overflow room. The meeting was unusually well-attended because the county’s residents need to decide — and decide fast — whether their county...

Victory, Shadowed by Injustice: Bond Hearings in Karnes (AILA Leadership Blog)

"Yesterday was one of the happiest days in my life as an immigration lawyer. I’m helping out pro bono with clients at the Karnes Family Detention Center in Texas and yesterday Immigration Judge Glenn McPhaul granted a $1500 bond to my client from El Salvador and her 19 month old toddler...

Mayors Support President, Oppose Texas in Immigration Lawsuit

"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 Houston Mayor Annise Parker along with Garcetti organized...

News Excerpts From the March 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Preliminary Injunction Issued in Texas v. United States | Late on February 16, a United States District Court judge for the Southern District of Texas (Brownsville) issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the President’s November 2014 executive action on immigration. Judge Andrew...

Texas Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration’s DAPA Program Providing Work Permits And Legal Protection To Undocumented Immigrants

On Feb. 16, 2015, a federal district court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of a federal government program entitled Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Texas v. United States, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18551 (S.D. Tex. Feb. 16,...

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

H-2B Applications and Prevailing Wage Requests Continue Through May 15; USCIS Resumes Premium Processing | On April 15, 2015, the federal district court for the Northern District of Florida issued a further order in Perez v. Perez, No 3:14-cv-682 (N.D. Fla., March 4, 2015) permitting the DOL to continue...

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

New York Grants Law License to DACA Grantee | On June 3, 2015, an intermediate New York appellate court approved the application for admission to the bar of a Mexican citizen who was brought to the United States as a child and granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...

News Excerpts From the Jan. 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

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 for Special Immigration Juvenile (SIJ) status...

Texas Attorney General Halts Unlawful and Deceptive Conduct at Texas Immigration Law Firm

Texas A.G. Ken Paxton, June 24, 2016 - "The Texas Attorney General’s Office has secured an Agreed Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction against a former immigration attorney, Paul A. Esquivel, his former associate attorney, Juan Carlos Penaflor, and former office manager, Olvia Martinez...

How the Supreme Court’s Deadlock Will Change Immigration Politics

Pratheepan Gulasekaram and Karthick Ramakrishnan, June 24, 2016 - "United States v. Texas also implicates a less-discussed, but critical, issue: the growing involvement of states in setting immigration policy. ... [U.S. v.] Texas represents a new moment in immigration federalism. While previous...