Arrests target 145 immigrants in Texas with criminal history, ICE says

By Mark Wilson, American-Statesman Staff Immigration authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of 45 people in Austin as part of a wider federal operation earlier this month that targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal histories throughout South and Central Texas....

Fifth Circuit Upholds Conviction of Fort Worth Woman Who Enslaved 2 Mexican Immigrants

By John Council, Texas Lawyer The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has affirmed the six-year prison sentence of a Fort Worth woman who used two Mexican citizens as slaves by forcing them to clean houses in the United States without pay and controlling the undocumented...

Texas counts DACA, Dream Act cost

By John Austin, Jacksonville Progress AUSTIN — Holding a campus job to cover rent while attending the University of Texas isn’t making Sam Cervantes rich, but the sales taxes and tuition he pays are helping enrich the state’s economy. Yet while Cervantes aspires to someday become...

Texas Police Chief Hands Over Undocumented Smuggling Victims To Local Organizations, Shunning ICE

By Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept Five months after the deadliest human smuggling tragedy in more than a decade unfolded in his city, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus did something unusual: He opted to retain local control over a similar investigation, rather than hand the...

January 2018 Visa Bulletin – Significant Movement for Other Workers China, Modest Advancement Otherwise

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for January 2018, showing significant advancement in the Other Workers preference category for China and modest forward movement across all employment-based categories except for EB-1, which remains current...

Why US businesses should value International Migrants Day

By Hikmet Ersek and David Lubell, The Hill (Op-Ed) Monday, as we observe the United Nation’s 18th annual International Migrants Day, we’re reminded that the contributions of immigrants are key ingredients to the success and vibrancy of the countries and communities they join. It...

A Nation of Immigrants: A Discussion on Immigration Reform

By Charles Frantes Since President Trump’s administration entered office in 2017, the topic of immigration reform has been a heated point of debate. Experts in the conversation about immigration reform met at the Asia Society Texas Center to discuss the future of DACA (Deferred...

Trump’s H-1B Reform Is to Make Life Hell for Immigrants and Companies

By Joshua Brustein Donald Trump came into office promising a restrictive new approach to immigration and there has been little question about his intention to follow through — with one seeming exception. Despite its enthusiastic rhetoric about the H-1B program, which provides...

Undocumented immigrants provide Texas with net benefit of more than $700 million annually, report says

By Will Anderson Undocumented immigrants contribute about $2.7 billion to the Texas economy while receiving about $2 billion in public services from the state — a net benefit of $703 million that critics of Texas’ restrictive new immigration law are touting. The numbers...

Police chief supports legal path to U.S. for Dreamers

By Art Acevedo In the days after Hurricane Harvey, “Houston Strong” became a slogan capturing our city’s grit and solidarity. Amid the loss of lives and homes, Houstonians stepped up to shelter neighbors, businesses donated millions of dollars for rebuilding...
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