Friday, March 22, 2019

Judge denies Texas’ request to end DACA

  Seven states that sued to block DACA couldn’t demonstrate that permitting it to continue was causing irreparable harm, a federal judge said on Friday, declining to halt the Obama-era policy that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation. “Here, the egg has been scrambled,” Hanen wrote in his ruling. “To try to put it back […]

DACA headed for a court showdown

  A federal judge on Friday upheld his order that DACA should be fully restored, setting a 20-day deadline for the administration to do so. DC District Judge John Bates said the Trump administration has still failed to justify its decision to end the Obama-era program that has protected from deportation nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants […]

Federal judge orders the administration to transfer immigrant children out of facility after abuse allegations

Yesterday a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to transfer all immigrant minors out of a detention facility in Texas due to allegations of abuse and over-medication against the children. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that conditions at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas, violate a 1997 court settlement that dictates how the […]

Texas businesses concerned about the future of DREAMers and the impact on the economy

As the state of Texas continues to pursue litigation aimed at ending DACA, some members of the Texas business community are pushing back. A group of Texas Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, businesses and business associations filed a brief opposing a lawsuit filed earlier this year by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenging DACA’s legality. The […]

Latinos in Texas to become the largest population by 2020

For many years, the prospect that Latinos would become the state’s largest population group has been a question of “when” and not “if.” With growth among the Latino population in Texas continuing to easily outpace growth among white Texans, it’s likely the state will reach that demographic milestone as soon as 2022. That’s according to […]

Tent City to be built in Texas to house Immigrant children

The Trump administration has selected Tornillo, Texas, for the construction of tents to house immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under the new “zero tolerance” policy. The Department of Health and Human Services will build a “tent city,” full of large tents, that is estimated to hold 450 beds for […]

Mexican-American Studies: The new elective course in Texas

  Mexican-American experts in Texas are protesting the name change of a recently approved high school elective course on Mexican-American studies arguing that the name represents a community’s culture and history. “This course was named for a community rather than in partnership with the community and understanding why that community identifies that way,” said Erika […]

Lupe Valdez makes history in Texas

Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Texas on Tuesday, kicking off a tough race against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November’s general election. Valdez’s victory was somewhat expected, after she ran well ahead of Democratic opponent Andrew White in the nine-candidate primary in March. Her victory also broke historic barriers […]

Texas and six other states are suing the Trump administration for not terminating DACA.

Texas and six other states are suing the Trump administration over its failure to terminate the Obama-era program that provides work permits to young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. “Our lawsuit is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) […]

Texas state leaders ask governor to join other states in suing the government over census question

Latino advocates and lawmakers called on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to reject the proposed census citizenship question and join other states in suing the federal government. “Texas has one of the largest immigrant populations in the country and Texas stands to lose big,” Rep. Cesar Blanco, D-El Paso, said at a news conference on Wednesday, “If […]