On Wednesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman to dismiss the lawsuit undocumented immigrant families have brought against the state for withholding birth certificates from their U.S.-born kids.
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Two legislators have weighed in on the controversy over Texas’ refusal to grant birth certificates to some children of undocumented families. On Wednesday, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, sent a letter to Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Kirk Cole, referencing an Observer story published online Monday. State Rep. Ramon Romero Jr., D-Fort Worth, also sent a letter Cole.
Though the 14th Amendment says otherwise, Texas has refused to issue birth certificates to children who were born in the state to undocumented parents. In response, four women have filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Texas Department of State Health Services alleging discrimination and interference in the federal government’s authority over immigration.
In the past seven years, the bodies of hundreds of migrants have been recovered in the Texas borderlands, but only a fraction of the remains have been identified or returned to families. Thanks to new funding and legislation, local governments will now be better equipped with identifying, and recovering migrant bodies along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Despite being a death trap for hundreds of migrants, Border Patrol is planning on expanding a secondary checkpoint near Falfurrias in Brooks County.
Update: Senators voted on party lines early Tuesday morning to send SB 1819 to the full Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Original: During a debate over the […]
More than two million people have been deported since President Obama took office in 2008. Among this massive number, an increasing number of people with valid legal claims to remain in the U.S.—even U.S. citizens—are mistakenly deported, according to a report released by the ACLU today.
In our four-part multimedia series, produced in collaboration with the Guardian, we explore how a rural South Texas county 70 miles from the border has become a graveyard for Central Americans.
Could Rick Perry somehow use his indictments as a springboard into the White House?
A Newsweek story describes ranchers who are “hunting humans” as simply “dealing first-hand with the problems caused by the influx of undocumented immigrants.”