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Hundreds of Asylum-Seekers Released After Texas Court Ruling

Tina Vasquez, Rewire, Dec. 5, 2016 - "After more than a year of court proceedings, a judge in Texas issued a final judgment late Friday afternoon, preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing child-care licenses to the South Texas Family Residential Center...

In Texas, Prison Lobbyists Write Bill to Ease Requirements for Refugee Lockups for Kids

Meredith Hoffman, Associated Press, Apr. 21, 2017 - "[L]egislators are considering easing requirements for child care facilities, but opponents say the bill would license the centers without improving conditions. Attorneys have warned that it could invite a costly lawsuit. A state representative...

GEO Group Gives Money to Trump, Gets $110M Immigration Prison Contract

Celeste Katz, Mic, Apr. 14, 2017 - "The Trump administration has awarded its first federal contract for a new immigrant detention center to be built in Texas. The $110 million deal went to GEO Group , a private prison company that runs 143 facilities worldwide. In a news release, GEO said it would...

Human Slavery in Texas - In Plain Sight

Danielle Lopez, The Alcalde, May/June 2017 - "According to a report published in February by a group of UT researchers at the Institute of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, there are currently more than 300,000 minors and adults across Texas who have been subjected to some form of human trafficking...

Trump’s Wall Faces a Barrier in Texas: Landowner Lawsuits

Ron Nixon, New York Times, May 7, 2017 - "One of the principal barriers to President Trump’s border wall begins in Aleida Garcia’s expansive backyard. She and her husband have built a small park alongside some scrubland on their 30 acres, and they enjoy a panoramic view of the Rio Grande...

Texas Governor, Avoiding Protesters, Signs 'Sanctuary Cities' Ban on Facebook Live

Kolten Parker, Texas Observer, May 7, 2017 - "Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday night signed Senate Bill 4, the controversial “sanctuary cities” ban that allows local police officers to be deputized to enforce federal immigration law. Abbott decided against a press conference or notifying...

Cyrus Mehta: Cross Currents In Federal Preemption of State and Local Immigration Law Under Trump

Cyrus Mehta, May 8, 2017 - "Preemption of federal immigration law over punitive state immigration laws was a hot topic until very recently, especially when Arizona enacted a tough enforcement law known as SB1070. The Obama administration fiercely challenged the law under the preemption doctrine...

Texas Files Preemptive Lawsuit Defending 'Sanctuary Cities' Ban

TX Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton, May 8, 2017 - "Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to uphold the constitutionality of Senate Bill 4. SB 4 bans sanctuary cities in Texas and requires all governments throughout the state to comply...

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman: Constitutional Problems with Texas' SB-4

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, May 9, 2017 - "The anti-sanctuary cities and campuses bill, SB-4, was signed into law on May 7, 2017. Most importantly, state laws are subject to federal preemption especially where there is a pre-existing structure in place for providing enforcement of federal laws by...

Border City, County Sue Texas Over "sanctuary" Law

Jackie Wang, Texas Tribune, May 9, 2017 - " Senate Bill 4 has drawn its first lawsuit. The League of United Latin American Citizens, Maverick County and the city of El Cenizo sued the state of Texas on Monday, c laiming that SB 4 has failed to properly define a “sanctuary city,” and...

Legal Experts Take Issue With Comparisons Between Texas, Arizona Immigration Laws

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, May 14, 2017 - "When Gov. Greg Abbott this month signed a bill banning so-called sanctuary cities in Texas, he said the “key policies” in the bill have “already been tested at the United States Supreme Court, and approved there.” Abbott...

20 Years Ago, U.S. Marines Shot and Killed This U.S. Citizen on American Soil - Remembering Esequiel Hernández, Jr.

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 tending his family's goats with a .22 rifle...

Texas Leads Resurgence in Restrictive State Actions on Immigration Enforcement

Muzaffar Chishti, Sarah Pierce, and Sela Cowger, MPI, May 25, 2017 - "Texas has enacted a new hardline law to crack down on illegal immigration, signaling the re-emergence of restrictionist activism at the state level that stalled in 2012 amid adverse rulings by federal courts. The Texas law, which...

MALDEF, Austin, San Antonio Sue Texas over SB4 Sanctuary Cities Ban

MALDEF, June 1, 2017 - "The City of San Antonio and three non-profit organizations are asking a federal court to block Texas from implementing Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), arguing that the controversial law is unconstitutional, according to a lawsuit filed this afternoon. MALDEF (Mexican American Legal...

Lawsuit Filed Challenging ICE Interference with Legal Representation at Dilley

AIC, June 1, 2017 - Dilley Pro Bono Project v. ICE, No. (D.D.C. filed June 1, 2017) "This case stems from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) decision to bar Caroline Perris, a full-time legal assistant with the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP), from entering the South Texas Family...

Texas Immigration Jail Holding Some Families Too Long

Meredith Hoffman, Associated Press, May 31, 2017 - "Afghan asylum seeker Samira Hakimi and her family members — three of them young children — have spent six months inside a Texas immigration lockdown, even though state lawmakers adjourned this week without passing legislation to circumvent...

Lawyers Convention Leaves Texas Over State's New Immigration Law (SB 4)

Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune, June 7, 2017 - "A 15,000-member association of attorneys and law professors said on Wednesday that it is relocating its 2018 convention out of Texas in response to the state legislature passing Senate Bill 4, a sweeping and controversial immigration enforcement measure...

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...

Texas Judge: Detainers Unconstitutional - Santoyo v. USA

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, June 8, 2017 - "The same San Antonio federal judge who will hear the lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the state’s new “sanctuary cities” law ruled earlier this week in a separate case that the Bexar County sheriff violated the...

Trump's Border Wall Will Destroy a Federal Wildlife Refuge

Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer, July 14, 2017 - "For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of President Trump’s border wall through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in South Texas...

U.S. Policy Stole 8 Lives in a Truck; Why the Dying Won’t End - Juan Castillo

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 that hellish trap they drew their final breaths...

MALDEF ASKS FEDERAL COURT TO DISMISS THREAT BY TEXAS TO CHALLENGE DACA INITIATIVE

MALDEF, July 28, 2017 - "A threat by the State of Texas to amend a lawsuit to include a belated challenge to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative should be thrown out on the grounds that the original lawsuit is not related to DACA, according to a motion filed in federal court...

ICE Announces 18 New 287(g) Agreements in Texas

ICE, July 31, 2017 - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) formally announced the signing of 18 new 287(g) agreements throughout the state of Texas at an event in Grapevine today attended by Acting ICE Director Tom Homan and sheriffs from each of the 18 counties. The 287(g) program...

Federal Judge Tosses Texas' 'Sanctuary Cities' Lawsuit

Cassandra Pollock, Texas Tribune, Aug. 10, 2017 - "A federal judge dismissed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's request to dub the state's new "sanctuary cities" ban constitutional on Wednesday — but the legal battle isn't over yet. Here's what you need to know...

Hispanic National Bar Association Pulls Conference Out of Texas

Hispanic National Bar Association, Aug. 10, 2017 - "The Hispanic National Bar Association announced today that it is pulling its 2020 Corporate Counsel Conference from El Paso, Texas in response to the Texas state government’s passage of Senate Bill 4 (“SB4”). Dubbed an “anti...