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 »

A Is For America podcast

The latest episode of our podcast, “A is for America”, features an interview with Ghada Mukdad, a Syrian peace activist who fled her home country and currently lives in Texas. (Interview starts at 16:05.) On immigration news this week, the Trump Administration continues to separate families at the border, leading to horrific stories of loss. A… Continue »

The Emergency Request is on behalf of five parents who were separated from their children in South Texas A recording of the call can be found here Read the Request for Precautionary Measures here. Read the stories of the petitioners here. McAllen, Texas — Yesterday, the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Women’s Refugee Commission, the University… Continue »

In an El Paso Times op-ed, Mario Carrillo, America’s Voice Texas Director, reveals the source of inspiration for the recent cases of racism and harassment against Spanish-speaking immigrants: President Donald J. Trump. Read excerpts from Mario Carrillo’s op-ed below and find the entire piece here: …Imagine life for immigrants, whether undocumented or not, along the… Continue »

Border Network for Human Rights brings hundreds of families together in fifth cross-border event El Paso, Texas –  On Saturday, more than 300 families from across the U.S. were able to reunite with family members who they haven’t seen, in some cases for decades, because they’ve either been deported or have been unable to come… Continue »