Nearly one year ago, the Trump administration announced the end of the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. With the Republican Congress unable and unwilling to resolve the future of Dreamers through legislation, it has been left to the courts to intervene. To date, three federal courts have ruled that DACA… Continue »

In an opinion piece in USA Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton again strained to justify his attacks on young immigrants and his relentless drive to strip them of their protections provided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Paxton and six other Republican attorneys general have sued the Trump administration to end the… Continue »

Young immigrant from Houston was detained after local sheriffs turned him over to ICE Read piece here Austin, TX –  In an opinion piece published in the Houston Chronicle over the weekend, young immigrant Dennis Rivera detailed his two-month Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention after his high school’s police force turned him over to… Continue »

Cook Political Report moves race to “lean Republican” in a race in which turnout will make the difference AUSTIN – The Cook Political Report moved Texas’ Senate Race between U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Ted Cruz from “solid Republican” to “lean Republican”, as recent polls show El Paso Congressman O’Rourke closing the gap ahead… Continue »

Austin, TX – Court filings published today by the Texas Tribune show hundreds of cases of inedible food, cold facilities, and outbreak of diseases in both Customs and Border Patrol holding facilities and Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers. The piece by Emma Platoff highlights the stories of several asylum-seekers who were separated from family… Continue »

In an op-ed published in the New York Times, Efren Olivares, civil rights attorney and the Racial & Economic Justice Program director at the Texas Civil Rights Project, spoke of the work he and his colleagues have done in trying to reunite hundreds of the thousands of children who were torn from their families as… Continue »

The latest episode of our podcast, “A is for America”, is set in Brownsville, Texas, where advocates led by the ACLU held a mass rally this week outside of a courthouse where migrants are being prosecuted. (Interviews start at 7:00.) So much continued to happen in immigration news this week. Here are just some of… Continue »

LISTEN TO PRESS CALL HERE Austin, TX –   The Texas Civil Rights Project hosted a press call on Sunday evening to provide an update on the latest from the border on the family separation caused by the Trump Administration and the petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human RIghts (“IACHR”). The Inter-American Commission on Human… Continue »

Condemn the crisis manufactured by Trump administration “Zero Tolerance” policy; Call on local, state and federal officials to block abusive conditions and family separation Houston, TX – Today, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner publicly opposed a new Houston immigrant children’s facility. The mayor joins calls by Houston immigrants, legal advocates and service providers to local officials, state representatives, and members… Continue »

United We Dream, Grassroots Leadership, and Workers Defense Project lead effort to making Austin more inclusive and equitable   Late last night, the Austin City Council voted unanimously to pass Freedom City resolutions, policies that will address the city’s racial disparity in policing, require full vetting and reporting on requests by ICE for Austin Police… Continue »