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Texas Police Say 'No' to Immigration Enforcement
Localizing immigration enforcement is harmful
DAILY News  February 17, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...El Paso Co. Sheriff Richard Wiles is not impressed, at all, by the spate of bills filed at the Capitol which would make policing immigration a job for local cops...."

Will Immigration Make or Break Cornyn?
The GOP base wants a crackdown, but a leading Hispanic Republican defects.
DAILY News  August 22, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...John Cornyn doesn’t yet know who his Democratic opponent will be, but Texas’ junior U.S. senator knows that immigration reform is a landmine issue that can’t be avoided..."

Texas Responds to Obama's Immigration Order
Dems applaud, while GOP bemoans death of the Republic
DAILY News  November 20, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Bush. But with today's executive order on immigration, his reputation may change...."

Texans March for Immigration Reform
Friday's rally will challenge the Legislature's silence
DAILY News  February 21, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...With President Barack Obama giving weekly soundbites and the GOP struggling to look less like The Simpsons' Mr. Burns, immigration reform is again leading the national conversation..."

During Austin Visit, A.G. Jeff Sessions Rehashes Immigration Myths
Activists protest Sessions and the DOJ's "racist" agenda
DAILY News  October 23, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Attorney General and Keebler Elf lookalike contest winner Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III visited Austin on Friday, Oct. 20, to deliver a speech about immigration rife with mistruths and fear-mongering...."

Devolver to Host Video Games Impacted by Immigration Ban
Local publisher showcases the Middle East at GDC in California
DAILY Screens  February 15, 2017, by Tucker Whatley
"...The sudden and convoluted rollout of President Trump’s executive order that severely restricted travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries threw an unexpected wrench in travel plans for thousands of people who suddenly found themselves unable to enter the United States...."

SCOTUS Overturns Most of Arizona Immigration Law
Court also outlaws life-without-parole for juveniles
DAILY News  June 25, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...The US Supreme Court today overruled significant portions of Arizona's controversial immigration law. In a separate case, the Supremes ruled that life-without-parole for juvenile murder defendants violates the 8th Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishments...."

DPS Director Steve McCraw Issues Immigration Marching Orders
Since Nov. 4, DPS troopers "have an obligation" to work with ICE, Border Patrol
News Story  July 6, 2017, by Debbie Nathan
"...My emails contain my unlisted phone number in the signature, and no one could have known it – or that I was sending the emails – unless they were with DPS. I'd been reporting on the agency's longstanding practice of stopping Latinos in South Texas for minor traffic infractions, then asking them about their immigration status and turning many in to the Border Patrol ("Snuffed Out," June 2)..."

Immigration Reform: Cornyn's Current Take
Texas' junior U.S. senator wasn't shying away from the issue at last Tuesday's Rotary Club of Austin meeting
News Story  August 31, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...John Cornyn doesn't yet know who his Democratic opponent will be, but Texas' junior U.S. senator knows that immigration reform is a land-mine issue that can't be avoided..."

Immigration Folly at the Lege
News Column  April 27, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Sweeping immigration reforms passing through the Texas House could severely affect the way the city does business. On April 16, the House State Affairs Committee discussed eight bills that covered such issues as banning local government from accepting consular documents as ID and auditing how much is spent by each agency on providing services to undocumented migrants..."

Anti-Immigration Lawsuit on Shaky Ground
Anti-immigrant lawyers file Brownsville lawsuit against Obama order
News Story  January 22, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"...But this latest salvo isn't exactly striking fear in the hearts of Austin's immigrant rights advocates. Instead, it's seen as nothing more than a political statement with little chance of prevailing in court – although it was filed before Hanen, who has attacked the administration's immigration policies, precisely because the plaintiffs expect he'll look on it favorably...."

Immigration News
Some Central Americans catch a temporary break; and lawsuit filed against LAPD on behalf of organizers of May 1 rally in Los Angeles
News Story  May 18, 2007, by Cheryl Smith
"..."The extension is part of the Administration's ongoing assistance to Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador in recovering from natural disasters that have affected Central America," reads the release, which quotes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Emilio Gonzalez as saying that though the countries "have made significant progress in their recovery and rebuilding efforts, each country continues to face social and economic challenges in their efforts to restore their nations to normalcy."..."

Immigration Legislation Update
Immigrant rights taking a hit in D.C.
News Story  October 6, 2006, by Diana Welch
"...Despite pleadings from both Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderon, who have practically begged Bush to veto the bill, saying it will do nothing to stop illegal immigration, it has been reported that Bush plans on signing the bill on a campaign swing through Arizona this week. Also, the House passed bills to require photo identification in order to vote (HR 4844), to allow local law enforcement to detain people based on documentation (HR 6089), and to expedite deportation proceedings (HR 6091)...."

Immigration Update
Congress not making immigration legislation progress; and local immigrant rights organizers gather to call attention to those separated from their families via detention or deportation
News Story  September 15, 2006, by Diana Welch
"...As lawmakers headed back to Washington last week for the pre-election session, it seems unlikely that any headway will be made regarding any compromise legislation. The New York Times is reporting that congressional Republicans have "all but abandoned" a broad overhaul of immigration laws to concentrate on – you guessed it – national security..."

Obama Talks Economy – Immigration Protesters Outside
Obama knocks GOP for "cynical political games"
DAILY News  July 10, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Partisan gridlock and “cynical political games” by House Republicans have stunted progress, said Obama, citing their failure to extend unemployment benefits, raise the minimum wage, support food stamps, pass fair pay laws, or bring the immigration reform package bill to a floor vote. Their legislative priorities have only served to bolster the pocketbooks of large corporations and big banks, said the President..."

Immigration in Illinois
Another law challenges the exclusive federal right to create immigration legislation.
DAILY News  September 25, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...After a series of battles over whether cities can pass their own immigration laws, a much bigger fight is looming between Illinois and the federal government over confirming residency status. On Monday, the office of the US Attorney's for Central Illinois filed suit over an amendment to the state’s Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. This dealt specifically with the government’s E-Verify system, an online system that allows subscribing businesses to verify the employment and immigration status of all job applicants..."

Immigration Insanity in D.C.
While Senate debates useless details of proposed immigration legislation, potentially insidious portions of Hagel-Martinez compromise lurk, waiting to slip through
News Story  May 26, 2006, by Diana Welch
"...While the Senate spends hours debating symbolic, ultimately useless details of proposed immigration legislation – such as making English our "official" national language – controversial and alarming portions of S2611, known as the Hagel-Martinez compromise, wait to slip through. This is not to say that all this English-as-national-language talk is nothing to debate – among other things, the proposed legislation would mandate that all official forms be available only in English, making it even more difficult for newcomers and non-English-speakers to navigate an already daunting bureaucracy – but what of the Senate voting 83-16 to build 370 miles of triple-layered fence along parts of the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border? Not to mention the administration's plans, as reported in The New York Times, of opening the construction of a "virtual fence" along the entire border up to bids from military contractors, such as Lockheed Martin – this from the same guy who swears he's not militarizing the border...."

The Feds Do Immigration
News Story  October 28, 2005, by Diana Welch
"...The immigration debate is a heated one that raises serious questions: What does it mean, exactly, to be an American citizen? Are there jobs "Americans won't do" – or for which U.S. industry prefers cut-rate workers? How is nationality linked to human worth?..."

Judge Blocks Immigration Reforms
Obama's planned expansion of DACA and DAPA on hold
News Story  February 19, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"...This week, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen effectively halted expanded immigrant protections by issuing a preliminary injunction blocking President Barack Obama's immigration-related executive action..."

Immigration and the Border
News Story  May 11, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...If We Had the Money: Despite much rhetoric about illegal immigration, the House Border & International Affairs Committee and its Senate sibling, International Relations & Trade, have not really spent much time on border security. Instead, they concentrated on trying to improve basic living conditions for residents along the border, most especially in the rapidly growing colonias..."

Supreme Court Deadlocks on Immigration
Obama order to extend relief to undocumented immigrants blocked
DAILY News  June 23, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville blocked Obama’s executive order, and the 5th Circuit upheld the injunction in November. (Texas officials strategically filed the suit in Hanen’s district because the judge is known for being a critic of Obama’s immigration policy.) The Justice Department then appealed to the high court..."

Republican Calls Immigration Reform Lord's Work
Debbie Riddle: secretly going after the anti-immigrant, Cthulhu-loving votes in November?
DAILY News  April 24, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Think it's the collapsing economy that's the major problem in the world? Well, thank Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, for reminding you that it's illegal immigration...."

Page Two: Immigration by the Numbers
As our focus shifts from Iraq failures, an untenable and disheartening argument arises
Columns  October 26, 2007, by Louis Black
"...As framed by the most strident activists against illegal immigration, the problem is a Möbius strip with no possible solution. Although they may use certain information to make points, they seem to have little concern for actual social, economic, and political realities..."

Immigration Laws Held Up at the Border
News Story  March 30, 2007, by Amy Smith
"...This just in – Texas is not in the immigration business. That's the news from the chairman of the House committee assigned to consider buckets of mostly anti-immigration bills aimed at punishing working poor people who enter the U.S..."

Buying What They're Selling on Immigration
Postmarks  May 31, 2006
"...Suppose they did us a favor by showing their radical agenda. Our country is in distress due to unsustainable levels of immigration and a rising tide of illegal immigrants. It is imperative we tell our representatives we are fed up with the demands of illegal aliens, and with politicians who are compromising America's security in pursuit of votes this coming November..."

Trump Budget Wants Congress to Rewrite Federal Immigration Law
But that budget? DOA. (We hope.)
News Story  June 1, 2017, by Michael King
"...The proposed Trump administration federal budget – described variously as "dead on arrival" or "dead before arrival" (and that's by Republicans) – has been roundly denounced, as it should be, for cutting basic social safety net programs and undermining public schools, while spiking military spending. But the draft features other Trumpian surprises – for example, buried in an appendix is a provision that would rewrite federal immigration law to tighten the screws on alleged "sanctuary cities." Attorney General Jeff Sessions has grudgingly acknowledged that Immigration and Customs Enforcement "detainer requests" are exactly that, and not binding on local jurisdictions – so the budget asks Congress to rewrite the law to require local law enforcement to comply with any requests issued by ICE, and to enable the Department of Justice to sanction (through funding denials) any jurisdiction that fails to comply with such "requests" (thereby making a mockery of the term itself)..."

Obamacare: Deadline Looms for Immigration Status
Health insurance consumers must send in paperwork or risk losing their coverage
News Story  August 21, 2014, by Amy Kamp
"...During the program's first open enrollment period, which ran from October to May, consumers needed to show they were eligible to purchase an insurance plan in the federal marketplace. One requirement is proof of citizenship or immigration status: The marketplace is open to U.S..."

Other Immigration-Related News
Congress reportedly strikes green card, H-1B visa amendments from Labor/HHS appropriations bill; Bush administration gets called out for trampling Constitution to expedite border-wall construction.
News Story  November 9, 2007
"...2, Congress reportedly struck two noteworthy amendments from the Department of Labor/Health and Human Services appropriations bill. According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association website (, the Schumer-Hutchison amendment proposed increasing "the domestic supply of nurses and physical therapists by recapturing unused green cards from the years 1996 and 1997," and the Grassley-Sanders amendment proposed adding an additional fee to the H-1B visa program to "create a special education fund to promote studies in the fields of math, science and engineering." Where will these amendments show up next? Stay tuned..."

Support Balanced Immigration Reform
Postmarks  November 15, 2006
"...Dear Editor, With Democrats in Congress and Bush in the White House, there is a rare chance for balanced immigration reform. But if those reforms are merely a combination of enforcement and work programs (as seems likely), they will fail..."

Time to Greatly Restrict Immigration
Postmarks  July 3, 2006
"...Dear Editor, As part of the “anti-immigration crowd” Louis Black puts down [“Page Two,” June 30], let me partially explain my reasons for this stand. One is that I don't think our infrastructure can support millions more poor people when there are already lines waiting for health and mental care, jobs, and affordable housing..."

Immigration Storm Reaches Hurricane Strength
10,000 protesters crowd Austin's streets in support of immigrant rights
News Story  April 14, 2006, by Diana Welch
"..."Never before has there been a march like this in Austin," exclaimed Josefina Castillo, of the American Friends Service Committee. "It is appropriate that we should end our march here at the federal building, because immigration is not an issue that has to do with internal security, as many in Congress would have us believe..."

The Texas Hammer: Immigration and Sanctuary Cities
County sheriff wants to keep ICE out of Austin
News Story  March 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Sheriff Sally Hernandez rejected full compliance with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests during her first month in office, saying she would only cooperate if an individual has been charged with a violent crime..."

Confusion, Misery, Worry: The Immigration Ban in Texas
Refugee Services, SARA Organization attempt to keep their wits amidst chaos
News Story  February 9, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...6, volunteers turned out at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to welcome a family of migrants. They were the first Syrians to resettle in Texas since the federal courts issued a stay on President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries..."

News Roundup: Immigration, Coyotes, and Convictions
Cruz continues to cavil, Council protects coyotes, and more
DAILY News  November 24, 2014, by the News Staff
"...This executive action still leaves millions vulnerable and is a temporary fix to a problem that requires long-term solutions. Congress must act and pass comprehensive immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship..."

Immigration Protest
June 27, 2013. 11 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  June 28, 2013
"...The Immigration Reform Caravan protests the recent Corker-Hoeven Amendment to the Immigration Reform Bill by lying in the street in front of U.S. Senator John Cornyn's office on June 27, 2013..."

Immigration Nation
Postmarks  September 17, 2009
"...Dear Editor, As we celebrate this national Hispanic Heritage Month, it is important to remember that America must secure its borders from illegal immigrants. Texas has already learned the consequences that unchecked illegal immigration can have on its system of government..."

Noriega Presents Immigration Plan
Democratic Senate challenger breaches the border wall
DAILY News  August 6, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Staying on the offensive in his challenge to incumbent Republican John Cornyn, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Noriega today unveiled his plan to deal with illegal immigration..."

Immigration? Ask a Texan
State pols look beyond state lines on immigration debate
DAILY News  March 20, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...It seems that Texan politicians are in big demand to talk about immigration issues. Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, put out a press release yesterday saying she was in Kansas last month (yes, you read that right.) She was there to talk before that state's Federal and State Affairs Committee in favor a tough new immigration bill..."

Special Immigration Status Extended for Some Central Americans
Department of Homeland Security has announced it will extend by 18 months amount of time it will allow hundreds of thousands of Central Americans in US to continue residing and working here legally
DAILY News  May 11, 2007, by Cheryl Smith
"...“The extension is part of the Administration’s ongoing assistance to Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador in recovering from natural disasters that have affected Central America,” reads the release, which quotes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Emilio Gonzalez as saying, “Although Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador have made significant progress in their recovery and rebuilding efforts, each country continues to face social and economic challenges in their efforts to restore their nations to normalcy.” As part of the Immigration Act of 1990, Congress established TPS for people living in the U.S..."

Round Rock Drops Charges Against Immigration Demo Students
City Council saves face, and possibly a lot of money, by voting to drop misdemeanor charges against 70 students involved in pro-immigration demonstrations last spring
News Story  April 19, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...On April 12, Round Rock City Council saved face, and possibly a lot of money, by voting to drop misdemeanor charges against 70 students involved in pro-immigration demonstrations last spring, thus halting a federal lawsuit filed against the city and Round Rock Independent School District. In March 2006, a number of high school students cut classes to join a national march protesting proposed immigration laws..."

Illegal Immigration Tied to Jobs
Postmarks  August 28, 2006
"...Dear Editor, The TV today (Aug. 25) and yesterday carried stories about the various state officials gathering to strategize about controlling illegal immigration from Mexico and other places into the U.S. The candidate for president of Mexico, Mr..."

Religion No Factor in Immigration Fight
Postmarks  July 12, 2006
"...Dear Editor, Although I am a conservative and a senior citizen, I enjoy reading the alternative viewpoints in The Austin Chronicle. I must say, regarding your June 30 [“Page Two”] editorial on illegal immigration, where you rambled on about religion being a factor in the support of the extreme right to secure our borders: If this were a question of abortion or gay rights, you might have a point, but to try and make this an issue on immigration is ridiculous. All conservatives do want to have our borders secure, but this has nothing to do with any prejudice against Latinos as liberals try to imply to buttress their argument for open borders. Virtually all countries the world over, including all of Latin America, attempt to secure their borders as far as they are able, and we should, too..."

Time for Some Thoughtful Discussion on Illegal Immigration
Postmarks  June 26, 2006
"...Dear Editor, Re: Letter to the editor by Greg Solcher, "Ventura Wrong on Immigration" [“Postmarks,” June 23]: The issue of immigration is so hugely complex that I believe it does us a disservice to reduce it to being about money, or even “the law.” Whether we like it or not, illegal immigrants are part of our society. The food we eat, the pavement under our feet, the roof that shelters us – all of these and more are touched by someone who arrived here illegally..."

Ventura Wrong on Immigration
Postmarks  June 19, 2006
"...You break our laws and drain our resources and that’s the price you pay, just like the $3,000 paid to the coyote. Bottom line: Illegals are a net loss of at least $55,000 per year (Center for Immigration Studies). Lastly, to imply that racism is involved is despicable and demonstrably untrue..."

Airport Protest Against Trump's Immigration Order
PHOTO GALLERY  January 30, 2017
"...Immigrants and allies gathered at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Sunday to protest Donald Trump's Executive Order banning the immigration of people from seven Muslim nations...."

Pro-Immigration Rally Set for Sunday Morning
Tracking organizational efforts in the face of Donald Trump
DAILY News  November 11, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...He promised to build a wall (which Texas already has, along part of its border), and pledged to deport American immigrants, an approximate population of 11 million people. “It is estimated that 1.5 million undocumented immigrants call Texas home and that the Lone Star State would be central to any of of Trump’s enforcement strategies on immigration.”..."

Travis Co. Jail Immigration Fracas Hits Commissioners Court
County officials claim they never dreamed jail arrangement with feds would cause such a fuss
News Story  February 15, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...Travis County Commissioners Court convened long past quitting time Tuesday afternoon to deliberate the Sheriff's Office's recent decision to provide U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforce­ment with office space in the jail, with county officials claiming they never dreamed the arrangement would cause such a fuss and immigrant activists countering that it's an out-of-character betrayal of the minority community...."

'AlienNation': Making cabrito of immigration scapegoating
In its first new show in two years, Austin's Latino Comedy Project roasts the immigration debate
Arts Story  August 3, 2007, by Barry Pineo
"..."It's so funny," says Adrian Villegas, LCP's artistic director, "there's such a Kabuki dance going on in this country right now with the immigration 'debate,' because when it comes down to it, nothing's going to substantially change. We want to act like Mexican immigrants are separate from the country, but they're part of the fabric of the nation whether people want to admit or even like it..."

Immigration Injustice
Local family has been on its own ever since mother was arrested and charged with transporting undocumented residents
News Story  September 22, 2006, by Diana Welch
"...Sergia, who has been a legal resident of the United States for more than 20 years, has been held in an immigration detention center in Houston ever since and is now facing deportation. Though it worries Luissana that Sergia might be sent back to her rural hometown in Michoacán, Mexico, and though she knows the move would be a hard transition for her younger brothers and sister, all who are, like Luissana, U.S..."

Anti-Immigration Letter Offered Phony Statistics Based on Racism Rather Than Sources
Postmarks  June 26, 2006
"...Editor, Recently, you published a letter [“Postmarks,” June 23] from an individual who had problems with Michael Ventura's take on the immigration issue [“Letters @ 3am,” May 26]. To support his argument, he provided some statistics..."

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