Ixar, a slight, gangling teenager, nervously fidgeted in his chair as Judge Michael Baird stared him down. Babies' cries could be heard echoing through the halls, but it did not break the formal tension within the courtroom. Ixar's eyes flashed between the translator and Baird. He had come a long ... More >>
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 >>
The outcome of the federal investigation into Garland ISD's H1-B program, which recruited dozens of bilingual teachers from foreign countries and is now sending many of them back, is uncertain. But if past federal H1-B cases involving school districts are any indication, it could cost the district. ... More >>
You probably haven't heard of Chris Mapp, a South Texas boat salesman and one of the six also-rans challenging John Cornyn in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, and here's hoping you never have occasion to hear of him again after March 4. If you do, chances are disconcertingly high that it wil ... More >>
For a glimpse at how a Republican can turn a relatively moderate stance on immigration into a winning (or, at the very least, not suicidal) political issue, look at State Representative Jason Villalba. Read the meditation he penned for The Dallas Morning News in which the 42-year-old wonders how to ... More >>
Sohail Raza Khan would rather die than go back to Pakistan. He's made this abundantly clear to U.S. immigration officials, begging them to send him to federal prison, or just let him rot in the ICE detention facility where he's spent the past several years. Anything but deportation. According to a ... 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 >>
Jaime Moreno-Gutierrez and Roberto Moreno-Gutierrez just wanted to reduce their carbon footprint. Or maybe they just wanted to save on gas costs. Either way, they sold their gas-guzzling 2004 GMC Envoy and set off from their home in Killeen on March 31, 2011, and headed for Plano, where a dealership ... More >>
Texas isn't really a red state anymore. It just doesn't know it yet. The Hispanic population nationwide grew from 35 million to 50 million over the last decade or so, and 20 percent of that growth was in Texas. Meanwhile, the white bloc that does all the electing around here is no longer a majority. ... More >>
In Dallas and across the country, the astronomical number of deportation orders issued by immigration courts is at last beginning to fall. President Obama's new strategy focuses on intelligent enforcement and prosecutorial discretion. Translated: We'll show bad guys the door, but the undocumented st ... More >>
These days it seems as though both political parties are doing everything they can to disenfranchise one of the fastest-growing demographics in the country: Hispanics. While the GOP ratchets up anti-immigrant rhetoric and champions Arizona-style immigration legislation, the Obama administration rac ... More >>
Sometimes, even conservatives make good points.
And do teachers discriminate against students with Hispanic first names?
Tuesday night, the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council's Task Force on Secure Communities (hold on, gotta catch my breath after that pithy title) held a pilot meeting at the Dallas County Community College's Bill J. Priest Campus to discuss ICE's controversial fingerprint screeni ... More >>
The East Dallas driver's license office on a recent Wednesday morning. Cozy!Those state-lawmaker types are a shifty bunch, eh? During the state legislature's regular session, lawmakers debated a bill that would have required proof of citizenship or legal status for anyone applying for a new ... 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 >>
For those unfamiliar with the story of Saad Nabeel, there's quite the extensive Wikipedia page -- but long story short, he's the Bangladeshi-born 19-year-old who, till recently, had been in the States since he was 3, when his folks came here seeking political asylum -- a request repeatedly denied ... More >>
This just in from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: The agency, along with the Office of Homeland Security Investigations National Gang Unit and an alphabet's soup worth of local law enforcement agencies, spent the last five days sweeping Dallas-Fort Worth for gang members and their a ... More >>
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.
This morning, The New York Times' editorial page insists the tale of Ernestina Mondragon, the first of 39 drivers ticketed by Dallas police for not speaking English to speak up, is merely a symptom of a larger issue: "how local police departments should deal with recent immigrants." (And, no, the ... More >>
During the first quarter of 2008, Texas Instruments chipped in $900,000 to lobbyists around the greater D.C. area -- get it? Chipped in? Well, so says the Associated Press today after glancing at Dallas-based Texas Instruments' filings, which reveal that the company's doled out much green during the ... More >>
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement What this photo of the T. Don Hutto detention center doesn't adequately communicate is the smell of urine and fear. This month brings some interesting and troubling tidbits on our favorite immigrant detention center, the T. Don Hutto Family Residential Facil ... More >>
Are illegal immigrants closing California hospitals? Not quite, Mrs. Dobbs.
...For many skilled immigrants, it's not here, it's home
Illustration by Craig LaRotonda You already knew Saturday's election in Farmers Branch, where voters overwhelmingly approved the law that bans apartments from renting to illegal immigrants, was only the beginning of the battle. Today, we get a better of idea of where this thing's headed: The Mexi ... More >>
Uncle Sam wants you--especially if you're Latino
Illustration by Craig LaRotonda For those looking for a little light reading during this slow news week, here's the entirety of the lawsuit filed today against Farmers Branch. Thanks to Estuardo Rodriguez at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund for providing the document. The s ... More >>
Illustration by Craig LaRotonda After Farmers Branch passed a series of measures targeting illegal immigrants two weeks ago, the opposition is mounting a fight to prevent the laws from taking effect. (If you need reminding, those laws make English the town's official language, authorize local law ... More >>
Illustration by Craig LaRotonda Days after Farmers Branch passed a series of measures targeting illegal immigrants, including one declaring English the town's official language, the Farmers Branch Church of Christ offered its first bilingual service. That's more than a little ironic, since thre ... More >>
Did the Latino vote push Democrats over the top?
Next up, let's have a big round of applause for The Lodge, the socially conscious strip club where the entertainers are will to put their...their...their whatever on the line to support Latino immigrants. No, seriously. On May 1, immigrant advocates are urging Latinos to skip work and school and boy ... More >>
Border drug lords get rich while attorney Mike Barclay gets worn out defending the poor smugglers
A Mexican man is jailed and almost deported because of INS ineptitude
Dick Armey thinks he's found a free-market paradise in the Marianas Islands, a U.S. territory where the workers never complain, the factories never quit, and wages are so low, even welfare mothers can hire a Filipino maid