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...

Construction, Financial Services Industries Stand to Lose if TPS Ends

By Carlos Guevara and Sabrina Terry, UnidosUS Before the end of the year the Trump administration will be making decisions on the future of temporary protected status (TPS) designations. This means that the lives of more than 325,000 people—including 250,000 Central American...

How long will Texas be the most anti-immigrant state in the nation?

With little fanfare but with quiet determination, Texas has acquired the dubious distinction of becoming the No. 1 anti-immigrant state in the nation. Lawmakers need to reverse this trend of alienating the state’s Hispanic population before it’s too late. They can...

U.S. Judge Deals Blow to Texas ‘Sanctuary’ City Law

By REUTERS AUG. 10, 2017 AUSTIN, Texas — A U.S. district judge in Austin has rejected an effort by Texas to have a law that would punish so-called sanctuary cities be declared constitutional ahead of the measure taking effect next month. The Republican-backed law is the first of...

Texas House Approves a Bill Targeting ‘Sanctuary Cities’

AUSTIN, Texas — The Republican-dominated Texas House of Representative approved on Thursday a bill to punish so-called “sanctuary cities” over criticism from Democrats that the measure could lead to unconstitutional racial profiling. The bill comes as Republican U.S....

U.S. Justice Department drops challenge to Texas voter ID law

By Chuck Lindell – American-Statesman Staff Trump administration drops complaint that the Texas voter ID law was intended to discriminate. Move reverses Obama-era claim that Republicans tried to suppress black, Hispanic voters. In a sharp reversal from the Obama...

Lawsuit Forces Texas to Make It Easier for Immigrants to Get Birth Certificates for Children

A woman and her child were plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was settled with Texas agreeing to changes that would allow parents without legal immigration status to obtain birth certificates for their children born in the United States. After Nancy Hernandez gave birth to a baby...

Federal judge dismisses Texas’ lawsuit over Syrian refugees

By Paul J. Weber | AP June 16 AUSTIN, Texas — Texas can’t keep out Syrian refugees, a federal judge has ruled, dismissing concerns state Republican leaders’ sounded over hidden extremists following the Paris attacks and revived this week by Donald Trump following the nightclub...

Oil bust forces Texas H-1B visa holders to exit country

By Brenda Salinas May 18, 2016 Twenty thousand workers have been laid off this year in the oil and gas industry across the country as the price of oil has slumped. The cutbacks are especially hard for foreign workers here on what are known as H-1B visas. For them, getting laid...
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