Opinion by Luis Carrasco for the Houston Chronicle The newcomers were in the general population for only two days before they were transferred. One had a high fever and all four had been coughing. The guards said nothing as they moved them out, but the detainees’ dry hack told Danilo de León more than he […]

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From the Houston Chronicle Every day before his afternoon infirmary appointment at a Houston immigrant dentention center, Juan Carlos Hernández anticipated that his blood glucose test was going to be more than twice as high as medically safe. He said he cannot keep his diabetes in check with the food served at the Houston Contract […]

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Opinion by Stan Marek With the start of hurricane season, a reporter called to ask if we have the labor to rebuild from a major storm. My answer was immediate: No. Not even close. We still haven’t recovered from the last major storm — Harvey — because of a severe labor shortage in construction. Much […]

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We must support immigrants as they risk their lives to care for our loved ones

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From the Houston Chronicle More than 1 in 5 immigrants held at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Houston have tested positive with the new coronavirus as the rate of infection has nearly tripled there, raising concerns from health experts. As of the end of May, 78 of the 379 immigrants held at […]

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From Texas Monthly Less than a mile away from the bridge that separates Matamoros from Brownsville, asylum seekers live in tents or makeshift shelters made from propped-up tarps, each one just a few inches or feet apart from the next. Clothes are strung up to dry between nearby trees or on the yellow safety barriers […]

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Guest column by Stan Marek Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott recently issued an order identifying industries considered essential during this pandemic. I was pleased that he included construction on the list.     Construction has been my career and my passion for my entire life. My father and uncles — descendants of Czech immigrants — founded our […]

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From the Houston Chronicle One by one, the families who hired Julia de León as a domestic worker told her she was no longer needed, including a River Oaks residence where she kept house and at times, was a nanny, for 13 years. The novel coronavirus had spread across Houston and she soon found herself […]

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Needing to see for ourselves what was going on, we ended up doing days of volunteer work with asylum seekers.

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For Texas high school students who live in Mexico, the border wall debate is more about daily logistics than politics.

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A bill pending before the U.S. Senate could give legal status to more than 325,000 undocumented farm workers and reform the H2-A temporary worker program, which is currently plagued by inefficiencies.

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As lawmakers, immigration attorneys and advocates call for the end of the Migrant Protection Protocols, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would expand to include Brazilians.

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As early as this month, the U.S. Supreme Court could issue a decision that would mean the end of deferred action for Paz and hundreds of thousands of other young immigrants.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is the first governor to opt out of the refugee program — and it’s not the first time. In 2016, citing nebulous security concerns, he formally withdrew the state from the refugee resettlement program. In that case, though, the federal government continued to place refugees in Texas, in collaboration with local agencies.

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Today’s hostile political environment would make it hard to work out an immigration deal.

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Despite acknowledging that they “dropped the ball” by releasing more than 200 asylum seekers onto the streets of El Paso without money or means of transportation—or without warning local officials—Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials said they plan to release hundreds more over Christmas, U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke told Texas Monthly Monday. The move over the holiday has […]

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Claudia Kolker, author of The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope, has been volunteering to help asylum-seekers on the U.S.-Mexico border navigate the legal process. She recently wrote this opinion piece for the Houston Chronicle: I was standing in a trailer in South Texas, anxiously sipping from a […]

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This is an excerpt of an article written by Texas state Rep. Byron Cook for the website TexasGOPVote: Under Republican Gov. Rick Perry’s leadership in 2001, Texas became the first state to pass an in-state resident tuition policy that gives undocumented students who graduate from Texas high schools and meet certain requirements the same in-state […]

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The business of housing, transporting and watching over migrant children detained along the southwest border is not a multimillion-dollar business. It’s a billion-dollar one.

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The Law Center at the University of Houston hosts Rational Middle: Immigration experts for a panel discussion about immigration in America.

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