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 >>
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.
Dallas immigration judge Dietrich Sims was notoriously tough on the most vulnerable immigrants. Then they sent him the kids.
Ali Eskandarian was on the third floor of a row house in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just after midnight on Monday morning when a disgruntled Iranian musician climbed onto the adjoining terrace and opened fire through the window. Eskandarian was killed instantly. So were two brothers, bandmates in ... More >>
It's not easy being gay in El Salvador, which, in addition to being the second most violent place on earth, is not particularly hospitable to LGBT citizens. A 2010 report presented to the United Nations by several human rights groups described a number of grisly murders. In one case, the bodies of t ... More >>
In Part 1 of our interview with Chef Brad Albers of Eddie V's, we talked about his time in a Swiss kitchen. In Part 2 he discussed the social-driven food scene in Dallas. Today we'll learn about his passion for hunting and political refugees from Burma who are learning a little Spanish back i ... More >>
ZDF/Tomas HaldaAhmed and his classmates at Sam Tasby as seen in the made-for-German-TV short Von Bagdad nach DallasDallas Independent School District spokesman Jon Dahlander, back from summer break, shot me a note this morning about a short film called Von Bagdad nach Dallas. "At some point, you ... More >>
Via.Marisol Valles became an instant media star last October, when she took over as police chief of Práxedis G. Guerrero, a town near Juarez. She was just 20 years old, a criminology student and a mother, and the job she was taking only opened up when her predecessor was beheaded. Two weeks ago, ... More >>
Looks like this time they picked the wrong country.
Our departed Matt Pulle, now at our sister paper in Nashville, is blogging about the T. Don Hutto Residential Facility in Taylor, the former prison now used to detain immigrant families and children, most of whom are seeking asylum. As some of you may recall, before the American Civil Liberties Unio ... More >>
Imam Safdar Razi Ali Safdar Razi Ali appeared in federal court in Dallas today, but his case is long from over. The local imam was arrested on immigration charges at his Plano home on April 2 -- one day, says his lawyer, Iman Abdelhadi, before he was to be interviewed for asylum status. Ali first en ... More >>
I just spoke with Carl Rusnock, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Dallas spokesman, about why the U.S. government is trying to deport Imam Safdar Razi, as mentioned below. And, at the moment, Rusnock has no further information. He says he was asked "to investigate this case over the weekend," bu ... More >>
See cultures clash at Theatre Three
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 >>
Earlier this year, there were plenty of stories about Hanan Ibrahim and her four children -- ages 15, 14, 8 and 5 -- being imprisoned at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor. Arrested in November in their Richardson apartment, the Palestinian family was kept in "the prison" -- in the words ... More >>
Long delays in processing asylum claims leave Guatemalans in a bind
The strange tale of a man and his Chinese bride that has Dallas talking
Ethnic Albanians seeking asylum are snared in a battle between the INS and a determined lawyer