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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...

David Isaacson: An Eventful Thursday for Immigration Law at the Supreme Court: United States v. Texas, Mathis v. United States, and What’s Next

David Isaacson, June 28, 2016 - " On Thursday, June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions of significance to immigration law: a 4-4 affirmance without opinion in United States v. Texas , and a 5-3 decision in Mathis v. United States . The first, which was more obviously immigration-related...

Prof. Anil Kalhan on United States v. Texas: The Supreme Court’s Silent Endorsement of Trumpisprudence

Prof. Anil Kalhan, June 27, 2016 - " [B]y affirming the legally flawed and deeply politicized lower court decisions blocking the Obama administration’s immigration initiatives — the substance of which I have previously discussed in several essays for Dorf on Law ( here , here , and here...

MALDEF President Thomas A. Saenz Reflects on U.S. v. Texas

AILA, July 1, 2016 - "President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Foundation (MALDEF) Thomas A. Saenz, whose recent U.S. Supreme Court argument on behalf of immigrant mothers underscored the human impact of immigration policy, presented as the keynote speaker...

The Things They Left Behind

Design Observer, July 14, 2016 - "When migrants die in South Texas, the objects they leave behind hold clues to their identities. In the fall of 2013, Texas Observer reporter Melissa del Bosque and photographer Jennifer Reel visited Baylor University’s forensics lab, one of several Texas labs...

The No-Man's Land Beneath the Border Wall

Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic, July 7, 2016 - "There's a small stretch of soil north of the Rio Grande river that's still part of the United States, but exists below the Mexican border wall. The Atlantic went inside this no-man’s land to uncover what life is like in a place that feels...

Feds Seek Full Court Rehearing in USA v. Texas

Amy Howe, July 18, 2016 - " The filing by Acting Solicitor General Ian Gershengorn acknowledged that it is “exceedingly rare” for the Court to agree to rehear a case. But, the Obama administration emphasized, the Court did precisely that in several cases dating back to the first part...

Texas Settles Birth Certificate Lawsuit - Updated

Julia Preston, New York Times, July 25, 2016 - "After Nancy Hernandez gave birth to a baby girl in a hospital in Texas in 2013, she went to a county office to get a birth certificate, just as she had after her first two children were born in the state. But officials told Ms. Hernandez, a Mexican...

New York 'Dreamer' Challenges Texas Judge's Nationwide Immigration Injunction - Batalla Vidal v. Baran

NILC, Aug. 25, 2016 - "A first-of-its-kind lawsuit today opened up a new front in the defense of the Obama administration’s 2014 immigration relief initiatives, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood...

Human Smugglers Sentenced to Prison, $1.1M Judgment

DOJ, Sept. 29, 2016 - "54-year-old San Juana Valdez Menchaca and her husband, 57-year-old Julian Perez Perez, were sentenced to 70 months and 33 months in federal prison, respectively, for conspiring to smuggle more than 500 undocumented aliens into the United States announced United States Attorney...

NILC Webinar this Friday (Oct. 14, 2016)

NILC - " Join us for a webinar this Friday, October 14, at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern time to get the latest news and updates on key immigrants’ rights issues and developments , including: • DACA renewal delays, and strategies to address the delays • News about state and national...

Feds, States Put Brakes on Texas v. USA (DAPA)

Joint Motion to Stay Merits Proceedings, filed Nov. 18, 2016

DOJ Settles With Texas School District Over Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim; $140K Civil Penalty

DOJ, Nov. 22, 2016 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with the Aldine, Texas, Independent School District resolving allegations that the district discriminated against work-authorized non-citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The...

CBP Opening 'Temporary' Immigration Jail in Donna, Texas

CBP, Nov. 30, 2016 - "U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is standing up a temporary holding facility adjacent to the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge in Donna, Texas to provide additional capacity for unaccompanied children and family units in CBP custody at Ports of Entry and U.S. Border...

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...