A warrior monk makes Houston home

By Dylan Baddour, Houston Chronicle Shi Yan Feng closes his eyes and breathes deeply with ancient form. His palms rise face up on the inhale, then fall slowly, face down, on opposite sides of his torso then stretch straight upwards, summoning an energy that will make his body...

Cities increasingly turning to municipal ID cards

Mayor cites model where nonprofit, police work together By Lomi Kriel With immigration reform deadlocked and election rhetoric against it divisive, Houston and cities across the country are increasingly considering providing identification cards to immigrants and other vulnerable...

Report: Immigrants inject over $116 billion into Houston’s GDP

Anatomy of foreign-born residents spending and taxes in Greater Houston With $31.9 billion in spending power and a contribution to the GDP of over $116 billion, the foreign-born population of Houston is a driver in the local economy that is shaping the city’s future,...

Houston immigration judge removed from bench

By Lomi Kriel A Houston immigration judge who hasn’t heard cases for 10 months in the overwhelmed downtown court is no longer employed by the Department of Justice, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Judge Mimi Yam, who came to Houston from San Francisco in 2004 and had an...

Case backlog at immigration courts could hit more than 1 million

By Lomi Kriel The backlog in Houston’s overwhelmed downtown immigration court grew more than 460 percent between 2010 and 2016, swelling from about 6,400 to 36,100 pending cases, according to a new analysis released Tuesday. With only six immigration judges on the bench,...

Immigrant advocates alarmed after raid of tortilla factory

By Lomi Kriel Teodoro Aguiluz, executive director of CRECEN, center, and Eva Bernal, right, speak during a news conference, Wednesday about a raid that took place the previous day in Houston. Federal agents raided the tortilla factory, La Espiga de Oro at 1200 15th Street near...

Charles Foster Reappointed to Serve on the Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Committee

HOUSTON – Feb. 20, 2015 – Charles Foster, founder and chairman of Foster LLP, has been reappointed to serve on the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). Foster is a distinguished business and community leader in the Houston area and is a recipient of...

Charles Foster Named to Chair Greater Houston Partnership’s Immigration Task Force

Charles Foster Named to Chair Greater Houston Partnership’s Immigration Task Force HOUSTON – Feb. 5, 2015 – Charles Foster, founder and chairman of Foster LLP, has been appointed chair of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Immigration Task Force. As an immigration attorney, Foster...

Embrace the challenge

Many Houston residents – our neighbors – stand to benefit from President Obama’s latest executive action on immigration enforcement priorities. This action is expected to give upwards of 200,000 people, who are now undocumented, the ability to work in the...
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