If you hear the word "sanctuary" and think of the scene in The Hunchback of Notre Dame in which Esmeralda pleads with the cathedral priest for shelter (or, be honest, you think of Logan's Run), you might be surprised to learn that actual sanctuaries are a growing movement in many congregations acro ... More >>
After being inundated with images of poverty stricken unaccompanied Central American children this summer, you might be surprised to learn that the stereotype of the poor working class immigrant is rapidly changing in Texas. The growing demographic, it turns out, are educated and highly skilled -- a ... More >>
Why Central American kids are flooding Texas, and what it means in Dallas.
On any given day, the 10th floor of the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas is filled with men, women and children waiting to appear before an immigration judge. On certain days, like yesterday, many of them are Central American children, having arrived at the United States border, alon ... More >>
On Saturday, when the other, more ordinary candidates for the Texas House of Representatives were probably making campaign calls or hanging out with their lame families, Arlington Republican Tony Tinderholt appeared to be on a bolder mission. Dressed in camouflage gear, Tinderholt posed for three p ... More >>
Yesterday when my wife, son and I were driving back from Lubbock, the news on my tablet told me that Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum, Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, and Tea Party leaders in 25 states had released an open letter urging congress to dump its immigration re ... More >>
And how many cases of leprosy come from Mexico per year?
On Thursday afternoon, patrol officers performed a routine traffic stop in Oak Cliff. They found that the driver, 24-year-old Jesus Gonzalez, wasn't wearing a seat belt, was driving without a license, and was in the country illegally. They also found a little bonus prize: 15 AK-style assault rifles ... More >>
Five months to go and Republicans are waking up to the awful realization that over the course of the primary season -- the last five or six years, really -- they've done their level-best to alienate the largest minority demographic not only in Texas, but in the nation. It is as though the throttling ... More >>
Do you agree with #Obama's decision to stop deporting illegal immigrants? chron.com/news/houston-t...— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 15, 2012 Today, President Barack Obama announced an executive order effective immediately that will protect undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 who ... More >>
It's been nearly six months since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton issued a memo to his subordinates, which we'll translate from bureaucrat-speak for you: Look, we got scarce resources, so don't head out into the field looking to pop every Tomas, Diego and Enrique ... More >>
"Pipe down, people, I'm trying to look presidential. My hair can't do all the work."As he gears up for his inevitable run for president, Rick Perry is doing his very best to shield his inner kook and maintain some semblance of populism. But in the last couple days, two Perry allies have taken ... More >>
Photo by Mark GrahamRalph Isenbergâ€‹By 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 >>
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.
Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, May 28, 2010...Because there was one band everyone missed, and now it is back. Ladies and gentlemen... The Time.Rage Against The Machine are headed to Arizona to protest their new immigration law. Now, where again were it during the Bush adm ... More >>
"Anchor baby" is just another way of saying "United States citizen"
Home, sweet home: Who says it's no fun being an illegal alien?
Rrustem Neza's case was front-page news in his native Albania. Eight years ago in the paper version of Unfair Park, now-editor Mark Donald wrote about Dallas immigration attorney John Wheat Gibson, who, back then, was sparring with Immigration and Naturalization Service over the fate of seven Yugosl ... More >>
Border Patrolman Jorge Diaz left Mexico at 12. For 20 years, he's trolled the South Texas brush for illegal compatriots.
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund just sent a press release celebrating U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay's decision today to grant a preliminary injunction that blocks the implementation of that anti-illegal immigrant ordina ... More >>
Illustration by Craig LaRotonda Last Tuesday, three days after voters in Farmers Branch voted overwhemingly for the law that bans apartment owners from renting to illegal immigrants, we posted that press release from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the American Civil Li ... More >>
Illustration by Brian Stauffer One morning in March, the world's forces of globalization, migration and economic inequity collided in a split second on the balcony of a Best Western in the Panhandle. There, bubbling away outside the doors of three motel rooms, was a line of Crock-Pots. Beside one ... More >>
Elizabeth Villafranca said yesterday's rally in Dallas says a great deal about the brawl in Farmers Branch over that immigration ordinance. As far as those fighting to defeat Farmers Branch's immigrant-related measure are concerned, the immigrant-rights rally at City Hall yesterday couldn't have com ... More >>
In a new Newsweek piece that, for whatever reason, isn't online, the mag's contributing editor Ellis Cose takes issue with Texas State Representative Leo Berman's proposed legislation that would deny benefits to U.S.-born children of "illegal aliens." (That's Berman's phrase, not Cose's.) That'd be ... More >>
Domingo Garcia figures that megamarch last spring was only the start of something big, which is why he's taking on ICE today. Immigration advocates are gathering momentum for another spring of political action, hoping to turn last year's megamarch and student walk-outs into a broader movement for le ... More >>
After a stream of virulent comments posted to Unfair Park in response to items I've written on immigration issues, I thought I'd respond and clarify a few things. First, so you know what I'm talking about, here's a sampling, the first comment posted by my favorite Unfair Park screen name, Ayn Rand: ... More >>
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 >>
If the staff at your neighborhood Cafe Express seems a little lighter than usual, a lawsuit in district court might provide the answer why. In July, Jaime Chavez saw in his mail a letter from Cafe Express, for which he has worked for several years. Chavez, who lives on Maple Avenue, thought: At las ... 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 >>
The listener-supported, commercial-free radio station WPKN-FM, based out of Bridgeport, Connecticut, produces a weekly public-affairs show called Between the Lines; it's lefty of the dial, as it were, and good stuff. This week, the show featured an interview with Mark Potok, director of the Southern ... More >>
Surprised that Dallas' massive immigration rally went so well? Then you must be a Yankee.
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