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Tag Results for "Texas Immigration"

States Asking Government for Access to Immigrant Database

Officials in Texas joined together on July 18 to seek access to an immigration database to ensure that no noncitizens are voting in this year's elections. According to the Houston Chronicle, the state's Secretary of State, Esperanza Andrade, drafted a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging her to allow access to the database, which is alleged to contain more than 100 million records of immigrants. continue reading »

In Heart of Texas, Sheriff Takes Heat for Honoring Immigration Detainers

A local election in Travis County, Texas, is bringing to light important questions surrounding the controversial Secure Communities program. As recently reported by the Texas Tribune, Democratic primary challenger John Sisson has criticized incumbent Sheriff Greg Hamilton for honoring federal immigration “detainers” continue reading »

Latino Blotter:  31 Charged for Smuggling Undocumented Aliens into U.S. for Over a Decade

A federal grand jury returned indictments against 31 Texas residents for their involvement in a conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal aliens. continue reading »

Cowboy Perry is Just Part of the Conservative Herd

Just when you thought Americans have had their fill of Texas governors, Rick Perry has become a media darling since officially declaring his 2012 presidential bid earlier this month. He’s singled out as the man to beat in the Republican primaries; continue reading »

Rick Perry Walking a Fine Line on Immigration Due to Texas “Emergency Sanctuary City Bill”

As the Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry has walked both sides of the immigration line, at one point implementing a Texas-style Dream Act that some say was the model for the national act. On the other hand, he’s authorized local police to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they come in contact with. continue reading »

Immigration Enforcement Advocate’s Claims About Hispanic Lawmakers Turn Out to be True

While speaking at a rally in Texas, the co-founder and former president of the Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas stated that the states that passed anti-illegal immigration legislation were also the states with few Hispanic legislators. As it turns out, she was correct. continue reading »

Advocates Worry a Texas Bill Could Result in “Harmless Immigrants” Being Detained Indefinitely

Immigration activists in Florida are keeping a watchful eye on a Texas bill that could allow immigrants to be detained for long periods, whether they are violent offenders or not. Texas continue reading »

Texas Passes Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill - One Senator Saying, “This is a Sad Day”

Wednesday, the Texas Senate voted against a bill that would have allowed cities to decide whether or not they want to be so-called “Sanctuary Cities” and not require local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws. continue reading »

Arizona Style Immigration Bill Dies in Texas

As the clocked ticked down the final moments of the 82nd Legislative session, the prediction of some Senate Democrats that their Tuesday vote to block HB12 was the end of “sanctuary cities” came true. continue reading »

Shooting of Mexican-Americans Believed to Have Been Fueled by Anti-Immigrant Feelings

A father and son were shot in Hudspeth County, just east of El Paso County in Texas, when they allege a rancher shot them, believing they were undocumented immigrants trespassing on his land. continue reading »

The President to Discuss Sensible Immigration Policies in El Paso

President Barack Obama alights in El Paso, Texas, today to present his vision of an immigration system that meets the economic and security needs of our nation in the 21st century. The president’s speech will undoubtedly continue reading »

Spotlighting the Plight of Immigrant Minors Detained in Texas

Even as strict immigration bills await committee hearings in the Texas Legislature, a steady stream of unaccompanied immigrant minors continues to attempt to cross the border into the United States. continue reading »

Students, Law Officials Join to Testify Against Anti-Immigration Bills in TX

This week, over two dozen Hispanic Texas students arrived at the state capital to testify against a number of new anti-immigration bills that mirror Arizona’s. The students met at the Mexican American Legislative Caucus’ offices continue reading »

Sendng Money to Latin American from Texas Could Get a Lot More Expensivie

Those sending money to Latin America from Texas may soon have to pay an eight percent fee if a bill from Republican state Rep Leo Berman is approved. continue reading »

Students, Law Enforcement Join to Testify Against Anti-Immigration Bills in Texas

This week, over two dozen Hispanic Texas students arrived at the state capital to testify against a number of new anti-immigration bills that mirror Arizona’s. The students met at the Mexican American Legislative Caucus’ offices continue reading »

Texas State Rep. Claims Immigrants Bring the Plague and Polio to His State

In a recent interview with The Texas Tribune, State Representative Leo Berman (R-Tyler) flat out blamed undocumented immigrants for bringing tuberculosis, malaria, polio, leprosy, and the plague into Texas. continue reading »

Latest TX Bill, Strict Penalties for Hiring Illegal’s- But Maids are OK

The latest bill addressing illegal immigration in Texas has an interesting exemption- Maids. “It is an admittedly clumsy first attempt to say, ‘We are really focusing on the big businesses,’” Jon English, Rep. Riddle’s chief of staff, continue reading »

Illegal Immigrant with Multiple Deporations Leads Texas Police on 30-mile Car Chase

After police in La Joya, Texas received a lead regarding a stolen vehicle, a miles-long chase began, and ended in a drug seizure. La Joya Police Chief Jose Del Angel said police received a tip regarding a stolen truck out of San Juan. continue reading »

Texas Firefighter Arrested For Transporting Undocumented and Money Laundering

Four people, including a Portland, Texas, firefighter, have been indicted and charged with alien smuggling and money laundering. The charges were announced Monday by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas José Angel Moreno and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton. continue reading »

DREAMers’ Hunger Strike Gains Steam, Sen. Hutchison Releases Statement

Students from various Texas universities joined University of Texas San Antonio hunger strikers this week in San Antonio in support of passage of the DREAM Act. The protesters have been on a hunger strike since November 10th continue reading »