Austin, TX  – According to immigration data reported in the Houston Chronicle, at least 1,714 people were targeted nationally for deportation despite presenting documents proving their U.S. citizenship to immigration judges. In the piece, reporter Lise Olsen notes that hundreds of people were detained for months because very few of them had access to attorneys as detained immigrants… Continue »

Austin, TX – The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unqualified success, providing new opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in America, including more than 124,000 in Texas. Each DACA recipient has come forward, passed a background check and been granted permission to live and work legally in America. As a result,… Continue »

Laredo City Council votes to join legal fight against SB 4 The Laredo City Council this week voted unanimously to join the lawsuit against SB 4, Texas’ new anti-immigrant law, following a public discussion lasting 2 hours during which 13 members of the public testified. All but two of those who spoke asked the City… 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 »

Acting ICE Director Homan tells media that he will send hundreds of agents into “sanctuary cities” Austin, TX – Yesterday, The Hill reported that the Trump administration plans to use federal law enforcement agents in a campaign against American cities and counties who have challenged the Trump Administration’s mass deportation agenda. ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan laid… Continue »

Redistricting trial could upend Texas state, House districts before 2018 elections A weeklong trial is continuing in Texas over redistricting, the culmination of a six-year long battle that started in 2011. As the Texas Tribune reported, a three-judge federal district court panel in Texas is “at the end of a week of hearings over the… Continue »

Future of 124,000 Texas DACA-recipients hangs in the balance Austin, TX – Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus during a meeting this week that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is under threat and at the mercy of anti-immigrant Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The latest… Continue »

The Dallas Morning News today had an interesting piece highlighting the silence from Texas Republicans a week after the state’s Attorney General announced he was going to sue Donald Trump unless the president ended DACA. As the Dallas Morning News wrote: Support for Paxton’s action from his fellow Texas Republicans has been muted. None of… Continue »

In the past 24 hours, the Trump Administration and their Republican allies have taken their assault on the American idea of welcoming immigrants and refugees to new heights. They have: Attacked Dreamers and the future of the DACA program in a coordinated and dangerous backdoor legal assault led by the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton; Ramped… 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 »