Austin, TX – Today, President Trump formally ended the DACA program that gave hope and a future to hundreds of thousands of young people by allowing them to work legally, be protected from deportation, and contribute the country they call home. Trump was spurred to take this action by a false deadline created by Texas… Continue »

A recording of today’s call is available here On a press call today, immigration advocates, legal experts, and DACA recipients assessed a busy week of developments. From the preliminary injunction on Texas’s SB4 to ongoing attention to the future of DACA and DACA recipients, the speakers provided key analysis and updates on the state of play… Continue »

“Given the Trump administration’s hostility to Latinos and desire to ramp up deportations, it’s unlikely that what worked in previous disasters will work again” Austin, TX – As Hurricane Harvey’s destruction and devastation continues across Texas and Louisiana, key elected, community, and thought leaders are looking towards the next step: rebuilding. Daniel Gross of Slate reports that… Continue »

This week marked an important anniversary for Dreamers and immigration advocates around the country: Tuesday was the 5th anniversary of the implementation of DACA, and thousands of Dreamers in dozens of states demonstrated in favor of the program and protections for immigrant youth. In Austin, Texas, the DACA anniversary involved an act of civil disobedience… Continue »

El Paso, TX – In a piece condemning Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for his attack on DACA, a program that provides nearly 800,000 young people the opportunity to go to school, work, and contribute to the American economy, the El Paso Times Editorial Board writes that while “Paxton’s grandstanding undoubtedly plays well with his base…repealing DACA would be bad… Continue »

Weeks ahead of implementation, cities receive victory against discriminatory law Austin, TX  – Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks dismissed the state of Texas’ lawsuit against cities and localities that have taken a stand against SB4, a discriminatory and anti-immigrant law set to take effect onSeptember 1. The lawsuit, filed earlier this summer, was Attorney General Ken… Continue »

Austin, TX  – As the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program faces renewed attacks, originating from the Lone Star State, and ahead of today’s introduction of a new Dream Act from Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Graham (R-SC), Angelica Rodriguez, a Dreamer; DACA recipient; and advocate for immigrant rights, has a new piece for the Austin-American Statements outlining the life changing… Continue »

Texas AG to Trump: End DACA or we’ll sue you The big breaking news of the week involved a letter from Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas, and the AGs of nine other states. The Attorneys General (and one Governor) threatened to sue Donald Trump unless he repeals Obama’s deferred action for childhood arrivals… Continue »

In a move showing incredible hatefulness toward immigrants and undocumented youth, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced that he will sue Donald Trump if the president doesn’t end Obama’s deferred action for Dreamers (DACA) program. Here’s the news-breaking tweet: BREAKING: Texas AG Paxton is joined by 9 other state AGs & 1 gov in… Continue »

Two Republicans who are supposedly big on the law are facing some big trouble of their own. This past Monday, the US Securities and Exchange Commission filed securities fraud charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in federal court for “allegedly misleading investors in a technology company.”   Paxton allegedly raised nearly $900,000 for a… Continue »