Nonprofits help fund immigrants' legal fights on deportation
As the number of immigrants seeking court permission to avoid deportation grows, foundations in Los Angeles have joined with local governments to direct millions of dollars to pay for lawyers to represent the immigrants, an effort they hope will be copied across the country.
Migrant encounters at the border are higher today than they were before Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star began
The number of migrant encounters at the Texas-Mexico border has climbed from 109,456 in March 2021, the month the mission began, to 116,976 in August — a failure of Abbott’s office’s stated desire to “stop this revolving door and deter others considering entering illegally.”
Bexar County sheriff launches investigation into Florida flying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis chartered two flights to send migrants recruited in San Antonio to the tony Massachusetts vacation spot, a move that drew outrage after some migrants later said they were misled into getting on the planes.
Fight over border security escalates after governors send migrants to Kamala Harris’ home and Martha’s Vineyard
The latest moves by Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this week have triggered outrage among immigration rights’ groups and Democrats who have accused the Republicans of engaging in human trafficking and treating migrants like “human cargo” to score political points.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office calls Gov. Greg Abbott’s migrant busing strategy ‘racist’
Abbott late Wednesday announced Chicago would be a new destination for migrants bused from Texas in his strategy to draw attention to the influx of people at the southern border. Chicago leadership welcomed the migrants “with dignity and respect.”
Video: Acompañantes en México ayudan a realizar abortos en casa. Su red de apoyo se expande a Texas.
En algunos estados de México, donde el aborto todavía no es legal, redes de acompañantes proveen medicamento y apoyo emocional para que las personas puedan realizar abortos en casa. Debido a que el acceso al aborto en Texas es cada vez más limitado, estas redes están comenzando a formarse en Estados Unidos.
“Thanks, and God bless you”: Asylum-seekers allowed to enter U.S. after “remain in Mexico” ends
Two weeks after a federal judge allowed the Biden administration to end the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols, U.S. judges are beginning to allow migrants to stay in the country as their asylum claims are pending.
Gov. Greg Abbott sends five more buses of migrants to New York, escalating feud with Mayor Eric Adams
The policy is an expansion of the governor’s plan to antagonize President Joe Biden over border security by busing migrants entering Texas to Washington, D.C., but research suggests the policy could allow more migrants to stay in the country even longer.
ACLU calls on feds to investigate Abbott’s policy transporting migrants back to border
In July, Abbott authorized state law enforcement to transport migrants to ports of entry. It’s unclear how and why migrants are being detained, raising civil rights concerns and questions about whether the state is overstepping federal authority.
A 14-year-old went to Texas to help his family build a bigger house in Guatemala. Now his family is burying him.
Juan Wilmer Tulul Tepaz was one of the 53 migrants who died after being trapped in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio. His body was returned to his village, which has buried several youths who left to seek better lives in the U.S.
‘She didn’t deserve to die like this’: Mom who lost her daughter in trailer tragedy visits site in San Antonio
Adela Betulia Ramírez Quezada was trying to reunite with her mother and two sisters in California. The morning that she climbed in to a trailer with dozens of others, she called her mother to say they would see each other soon.
Gov. Greg Abbott spends an additional $30 million on Operation Lone Star to aid local governments
Abbott announced that his already $4 billion border mission would provide grant funding for cities and counties, following a press conference by some local officials calling on the governor to take more drastic action to secure the border.
Republican county officials in South Texas want Gov. Greg Abbott to deport migrants. Only the federal government can do that.
Immigration law enforcement falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government. In recent months, a fringe legal theory has found more mainstream supporters who are calling on state leaders in Arizona and Texas to deport migrants with state resources.
A “cloned” 18-wheeler made it easy for smugglers to pass through the border, say state officials vowing to crack down
A federal agency estimates that about 75 trucks are reported nationally each year with copied or stolen state and federal ID numbers, which industry experts say is likely a significant undercount.
Supreme Court rules Biden administration can end “remain in Mexico” policy, sending case back to a Texas court
The Trump administration created the Migrant Protection Protocols, also called “remain in Mexico,” in 2019 before the Biden administration canceled it in 2021. The ruling sends the case back to a Texas federal court.
Texas will increase checkpoints for trucks crossing from Mexico after migrant smuggling deaths
DPS said the checkpoints won’t occur at the ports of entry, which is different than in April when Abbott mandated all commercial vehicles entering from Mexico be checked by state police. The order snarled trade with Mexico at the time.
Greg Abbott blames Joe Biden for migrant deaths, but the governor’s own border security efforts have fallen short
To immigration experts, the astounding loss of life illustrates just how difficult it is to stem migration into the country, even as Abbott has spent the last year pouring billions of state dollars into securing the border.
Some details revealed about housing plans for migrants bused to Houston from border
While exact details are not yet finalized, KPRC 2 has learned Catholic Charities and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will partner to provide respite services for migrants being bused from the border to Houston.
Amid border surge, Biden admin plans to send migrants to cities deeper inside U.S., including Houston, say internal documents
The Department of Homeland Security is planning to transport migrants awaiting immigration proceedings from U.S. cities along the southern border further into the interior of the country, beginning with Los Angeles in the coming weeks, according to internal documents obtained by NBC News.
Texas House Approves Additional $2 Billion For Border Security As State Moves To Build Border Wall – Houston Public Media
The bill would nearly triple border security funding from the last biennium. The legislation needs one more vote of approval from the House before moving to the Senate.houstonpublicmedia.org
If I lose my job, its game over for us: Richmond couples struggle to find peace amidst 10-year immigration journey
When Gayatri graduated two years before Aditya, she started working first at a call center for IBM and later as SAP support at KPIT Technologies in 2008. She was very passionate about her job, Aditya said. They got married, Aditya started a new job just 10 days later and Gayatri moved across the world to be with the love of her life. For four years, Gayatri didnt have the option of working on the H-4 visa since work authorization was not available until 2015. Gayatri felt as though shed lost her identity and both Aditya and Gayatri admit it put a strain on their relationship.
These bills, lawsuit could impact the ability of 100K immigrant spouses to work in the US
The aim of the bill was to prevent the Department of Homeland Security from revoking the EAD for H-4 visa holders. Save Jobs USA claims it is comprised of American tech workers who lost their jobs and were replaced by H-1B workers. In September 2016, the U.S. District Court of District of Columbia ruled in favor of the Department of Homeland Security and the H-4 EAD rule remained unaffected. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the District Court decision, in favor of Save Jobs USA. You can follow the progress of the Save Jobs USA vs. DHS case here.
Marco Rubio responds to immigration protesters
Immigration activists took aim at the Republican presidential candidate during a GOP policy summit in South Carolina on Saturday, interrupting the Florida senator with shouts of "Rubio does not represent our community" and "undocumented and unafraid."cbsnews.com