When we left you on Friday, there was a glimmering hope that Texas Republicans might consider adopting a more middle-ground approach to immigration, in an attempt to appeal to Hispanic voters. According to state Representative Jason Villalba, a more moderate stance would be critical to the survival ... More >>
Welcome to the land of the free. While we decide whether we feel like deporting you, we've got a cold dank cell that'll suit you just fine.
You can't always tell by watching Texas politics, but there are subtle distinctions to be made between being an arch conservative and being a colossal dick. Here's how to tell if you've crossed the line: Look in a mirror. If you see Texas Senator Ted Cruz's face, you're safely in the Dick Zone. Cru ... More >>
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert is once again contributing to the public discourse, drawing connections between the attack during the Boston Marathon and immigration reform. On CSPAN's Washington Journal today, Gohmert, a Republican from East Texas, expressed concern over ethnicity-shifting terrorists aimin ... More >>
Ten ICE agents, including one from the Dallas office, are suing ICE and Homeland Security in a Dallas federal court over a directive from President Barack Obama that would defer in some cases the deportation of undocumented immigrants brought here as children. Dallas enforcement and removal officer ... More >>
A controversial Farmers Branch immigration ordinance will get a second chance in court after a sound rejection back in March, and the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration bill will play a determining role. Farmers Branch has three times passed a "housing" ordinance whi ... More >>
Opposing counsel in a six-year legal battle over a proposed Farmers Branch immigration ordinance are trading letters to the judge, arguing, naturally, that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's immigration law supports their side. Last month, the high court struck down every provision of Ari ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down much of Arizona's illegal immigration law Monday morning, leaving its most controversial, show-me-your-papers provision standing, and that only provisionally. Experts say the decision provides a road map to federal courts evaluating immigration laws enacted in plac ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court and President Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience.
So, you're an undocumented immigrant. Your great hope is to stick around, make a living and, some day, become naturalized. Unfortunately, our immigration laws are a tangled morass of inscrutability, insensible to the realities of a globalized world. You may have watched last week's Republican deba ... More >>
Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaPresident Obama in El Paso on TuesdayNo doubt you're well aware that President Barack Obama was in El Paso yesterday, where he said that "genuine, comprehensive reform" was the only way to repair a "broken immigration system." In his speech, posted in its e ... More >>
State Rep. Burt SolomonsAs the Texas Tribune notes today, in the wee small hours of the morning, the state House passed Carrollton state Rep. Burt Solomons's HB 12, the so-called "sanctuary cities" legislation deemed an emergency item by Gov. Rick Perry. As the Trib's Julian Aguilar sums it up, t ... More >>
Photo by Mark GrahamRalph IsenbergBy now you're likely well aware of Ralph Isenberg's ongoing efforts to bring Saad Nabeel back to North Texas, after the the 20-year-old Frisco Liberty High grad was sent to Bangladesh last year by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials -- after Saad's pare ... More >>
Russell Pearce and Other Illegal-Immigration Populists Rely on Misleading, Right-Wing Reports to Scapegoat Immigrants and Terrify Penny-Pinched Americans.
Not the five-hour DVD boxed set we were going to watch this weekend, but just in case ...We don't need lawyer Steven Riznyk to tell us that the immigration laws in the United States are complex and convoluted, but in stating the obvious, he's also offering a road map for those those in need w ... More >>
Danny FulgencioGovernor Rick PerryArizona's new immigration law has been a polarizing political issue to say the least, with President Obama challenging its constitutionality through the Department of Justice by launching a July 6 lawsuit against Arizona and Governor Janice Brewer. So it was ... More >>
It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship.
CopShop.comWhile Irving makes the occasional headline with its use of the Criminal Alien Program -- which involves turning over to federal immigration officials people detained for any reason, even traffic violations -- top cops in Arlington have taken a stand against that approach. Instead ... More >>
Steve SatterwhiteElizabeth Villafranca with daughter Natalie, who's now 9 and ... working on a documentaryElizabeth Villafranca entered the limelight in 2006, as Farmers Branch began its illegal-immigrant battle that rages to this day. As we mentioned earlier this week, the Cuquitas co-owner has dec ... More >>
Hail Cesar, who was capable of changing his mind
Yesterday, the Senate tossed out President Bush's immigration bill that had been crafted to appease both side of the aisle. Today, Unfair Park spoke with Arnulfo De la Cruz, local political director for the Service Employees International Union, about what the bill’s demise means in the context of ... More >>
Hispanic evangelical leaders join to push for compassionate immigration reform
A march is planned in Oak Cliff today to demand immigration reforms; it's part of a national day of advocacy to push Congress to act this summer, before Washington is swamped by the presidential campaign. Advocates want "comprehensive" reform, a policy that would include not only additional border e ... More >>
Illustration by Brian Stauffer So, it’s official: All 53 illegal immigrants charged with fraud after the December raid at Swift & Co.’s Cactus meatpacking plant have pled guilty in federal court in Amarillo. They face five to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for using the stolen ... More >>
Rafael Anchia is trying to kick out immigration legislation, but not immigrants. Because nothing gets the Friend of Unfair Park more riled up than the words "immigration legislation" (or "Avi Adelman," geez), we thought it'd be a good idea to mention the press release we just received from the offic ... More >>
State Representative Rafael Anchia Don't tell FrontBurner, because they'll think he's a racist, but Representative Rafael Anchia belongs to the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives. And last week, Anchia was named vice-chair of MALC's newly formed task force on i ... More >>
A former INS agent goes into business to smoke out fake documents
Farmers Branch city council candidate Tim Scott (pictured here with his family) says all them damned civil-rights suits pilin' up in the FB are, ya know, nonsense, y'all. Facing four lawsuits and mounting legal costs, the city of Farmers Branch is fretting over finances. David Koch, a resident who's ... More >>
Minutemen train their sights on a new target: Hispanic day laborers
Criminal District Judge Manny Alvarez is a Republican. But he'd prefer it if you kept politics out it. Back in May, a non-partisan poll showed that two years after Bush won a historic 40 percent of the Hispanic vote, Republicans' stance on immigration was alienating Latinos at a rapid clip. Whether ... More >>
No border fences make for mad neighbors in Farmers Branch
See, illegal immigration is good for business. A fascinating piece out of Knight-Ridder's Washington bureau outlines how forgers are making tens of millions--"and possibly billions"--selling counterfeit versions of official documets (including Social Security cards and driver's licenses) to some 12 ... More >>
The fallout from the April 9 immigration rally continues: There's a big billboard greeting traffic heading north out of downtown on the Tollway that reads, "No Guest Worker/Amnesty!! Call Senators Now!!!" The billboard, which will only be up for the day, was paid for by a group called Citizens for ... More >>
Surprised that Dallas' massive immigration rally went so well? Then you must be a Yankee.
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