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Austin's Construction Ban Lifted, but Will Workers Be Safe?
COVID-19 remains a hazard as thousands return to job sites
"...blasted the local orders, saying they would “devastate construction workers and small businesses.” In a statement issued on Thursday,..."

April 3, 2020 News Post by Austin Sanders

Documenting the Undocumented
Will Austin issue its own official ID card?
"...the possibility of a city-issued municipal ID for otherwise undocumented residents (a motion sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl..."

Aug. 22, 2014 News Feature by Tony Cantú

Workers Defense Project
"...The Workers Defense Project, an immigrant-rights group in Austin, is hoping..."

Sept. 14, 2007 News Feature by Michael May

Undocumented, Unafraid
Balancing fear and power in the wake of ICE arrests
"...Yunuen Alvarado sat motionless at her desk. The 18-year-old undocumented Texas State University student fixed her eyes on a..."

March 10, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Lege Targets the Undocumented
Lawmakers would restrict access to work, education, etc.
"...slew of bills designed to block protections for the undocumented population – while hoping the business community steps up..."

Feb. 6, 2015 News Feature by Tony Cantú

Mentally Ill Undocumented Immigrant on ICE Hold
Tania Silva arrested by APD on July 21
"...The arrest of Tania Silva, a mentally ill undocumented woman, has sparked protest from immigrant rights activists. The..."

July 27, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Workers of the World, United in Time
UT Lecturer Anne Lewis on her new doc, A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas)
"...that film, she found commonalities in the experiences of workers in Eastern Tennessee, interior Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez, exploring..."

May 4, 2018 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

A Better Life
An undocumented Mexican worker in Los Angeles who struggles to earn a living and keep his teenage son from joining a gang is the subject of this heartfelt drama.
"...new film, A Better Life, the story of an undocumented Mexican worker in Los Angeles and his struggle to..."

July 8, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Immigrants' Future Uncertain
With Obama's executive actions halted for now, undocumented Texans are unsure of their fate
"...60 supporters of immigration reform – some advocates of undocumented workers, others immigrants and their children – descended on..."

March 6, 2015 News Feature by Tony Cantú

Fighting for Justicia
Workers Defense Project celebrates 10 years on the front lines of Texas labor
"...Maria Duque first approached the Workers Defense Project in 2007. She hoped to recover her..."

Sept. 21, 2012 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

How to Raise Worker Wages
Organize, arrive, persist, persist, persist
"...strike – but for Wheatsville, sustained complaints from underpaid workers threatened to undermine its image as an ethical and..."

March 31, 2017 News Feature by Jack Craver

Letters at 3AM
The pattern repeats across the country. Talk tough against immigrants for the redneck vote, then stop any anti-immigrant operation that costs businesses money – which means all of 'em.
"...of a wall neglect to mention that 40% of undocumented workers enter the country legally, then overstay their visas...."

July 7, 2006 Column by Michael Ventura

CNN Obama-Clinton Debate: The full transcript
Word for word, the whole shebang
"...her sister who's ill. In Youngstown, Ohio, talked to workers who have seen their plants shipped overseas as a..."

Feb. 21, 2008 News Post by Lee Nichols

Letters @ 3AM
Apart from the boycott, and separate from it, the theme of May 1 was, over and over: Register and vote.
"...Almost everyone agrees that undocumented Hispanic laborers (most of whom are Mexican) work well..."

May 12, 2006 Column by Michael Ventura

Ghost Taxpayers
Despite what you may have heard from anti-immigration types about foreign freeloaders taking our jobs and our services without chipping into the national kitty, an increasing number of undocumented immigrants pay taxes.
"...harder if you're trying to file taxes as an undocumented immigrant...."

April 28, 2006 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Opposition to Social Security 'No Match' Letters Mounting
Activists take action against Department of Homeland Security plans to turn Social Security 'no match' letters into a vehicle for immigration enforcement
"...In Austin, the Workers Defense Project, one of several local groups making up..."

Sept. 21, 2007 News Feature by Cheryl Smith

Letters @ 3AM
The federal government benefits from undocumented workers, therefore something is owed those workers in return: justice
"...I PAY TAXES was reflecting the truth. Millions of undocumented immigrants pay income taxes using a special identification number..."

May 26, 2006 Column by Michael Ventura

Immigrants Flex Muscle
Day Without an Immigrant work stoppage and boycott draws more than a million people into the streets nationally; thousands turn out locally
"...as founder and longtime president of the United Farm Workers union. "César would be proud," remarked local activist and..."

May 5, 2006 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

New Name, Same Game
S-Comm's end hasn't lessened the fear of deportation for Travis County's immigrants
"...Amer­i­cans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), which would allow undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents to apply..."

July 10, 2015 News Feature by Tony Cantú

Fast Food Nation
Richard Linklater and Eric Schlosser's noble and worthy film about meat processing and consumption smacks of good-guy agitprop and fails as a character-driven narrative.
"...attendant social ills: the undeniably horrific plight of the undocumented Mexican workers who daily ebb and flow across the..."

Nov. 17, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Building Austin
As the city grows, is it being cavalier about the well-being of the laborers who are assembling Austin's new face?
"...an especially precarious proposition. About 50% of Texas construction workers are undocumented immigrants, according to research done by Workers..."

Aug. 28, 2015 News Feature by Amy Kamp

Supreme Court Deadlocks on Immigration
Obama order to extend relief to undocumented immigrants blocked
"...a significant opportunity to shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants – including more than 700,000 Texans – from..."

June 23, 2016 News Post by Mary Tuma

Don't Fence Me In
Same Old Story
"...city's bustling construction industry. The program attempts to match workers' skills with employers' needs. It also issues each worker..."

April 2, 1999 News Feature by Melissa Sattley

Immigration Folly at the Lege
"...is spent by each agency on providing services to undocumented migrants. On the list was House Bill 904, by..."

April 27, 2007 News Column by Richard Whittaker

The Common Law
Immigrant Worker's Rights
"...answer to questions received by her office regarding immigrant workers' rights. – Luke Ellis..."

June 27, 2008 Column by Edna Yang

This Ain't No Picnic: Minutemen on Patrol
The sinister legions of the 'Drug Cartel' have little to fear from the latest incarnation of border hysteria. As for the rest of us ...
"..."Tell him about the workers," Trautman reminded Bob, between bites of his sub...."

Oct. 28, 2005 News Feature by Diana Welch

WilCo's Latest Snafu
Illegal workers and sexual assault – just another WilCo contract
"...detention facility for immigrant families in Taylor, has employed undocumented workers, as well as contractors with criminal records. The..."

Nov. 2, 2007 News Feature by Patricia J. Ruland

Protest Retaliation?
For many in Austin's immigrant community, the hope that swelled from the massive April 10 immigrant rights protests has turned to fear
"...Danish pallet-makers IFCO, during which ICE officials arrested 1,187 undocumented workers across the country – 270 in Texas alone..."

April 28, 2006 News Feature by Diana Welch

Legalization Could Benefit Social Security
"...To the editor, Amid all the vitriolic debate regarding "undocumented" and/or "illegal" immigrants [“Page Two,” Nov. 2], why has..."

Nov. 1, 2007 Postmarks

Point Austin: They Died in Your City
Austin is built by workers subject to institutionalized injustice
"...too timeless a tale. Guthrie was writing about migrant farmworkers subject to casual exploitation as laborers and arbitrary deportation..."

June 19, 2009 News Column by Michael King

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