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  • Nomination of League City, TX as a sanctuary city
    (Editor: The following was received from one of our web site users November 16, 2008)

    "Add League City to the Texas sanctuary list. And to add insult to injury try this one on for size.
    Type In This Address:
    440 Walker Street League City Texas 77573
    Hit street view and expand it.
    This is a rather old picture of illegals standing in front of a city EMS station. Off to the right is the League City Police Department. And just down the street from the LCPD Building is the City Hall. This picture was taken later on in the morning when the crowd was a little thin, because there are not as many in the Google pic. This picture was about 10am. “Best Guess.” Mayor Randall & Chief Jez believe that these law breakers have the constitutional right to a Peaceful Assemble regardless of their, "Status.” They refuse to do anything about it. Didn’t mean to write you guys a book, but this has become out of hand. GOD Bless America, AND->HELP!!”

    (Name withheld for privacy purposes)
    Zetas Drug Cartel Allegedly Conducts 'Mexico-Style Attack' near Houston
    Written By Andrew O'Reilly, Fox News Latino, November 23, 2011

    A multi-agency undercover drug bust in Texas spun out of control Monday afternoon when a civilian working for law enforcement was killed and a police officer injured in what has been described by the local press as a “Mexico-style” attack.

    The incident occurred in Texas’ Harris County, where parts of Houston are located, when the secret operative disguised as a truck driver delivering a 300 pound package of marijuana was driving through the northwest part of the county to a rendezvous point. Out of nowhere three sport-utility vehicles carrying alleged Zetas drug cartel gunmen cut off the 18-wheeler truck and opened fire on the cab, killing the driver.

    ”We are not going to tolerate these types of thugs out there using their weapons like the Wild, Wild West,” Javier Peña, the new head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Houston Division, told the Houston Chronicle. “We are going after them.”

    As the gunmen opened fire on the truck, law enforcement officials descended on the scene in an effort to apprehend the shooters. “Officers engaged in gunfire with the suspects. That exchange resulted in the undercover officer being shot in the leg and the death of the occupant in the 18-wheeler,” a press release from Harris County Sheriffs Office stated.

    So far four suspects, all believed to be Mexican, have been arrested and charged with murder.

    While the men - Eric De Luna, 23; Fernando Tavera, 19; Ricardo Ramírez, 35 and Rolando Resendiz, 34 – have all allegedly admitted to an affiliation with the violent Mexico-based Zetas cartel, U.S. authorities are still puzzled as to why the group would authorize such a brazen attack on U.S. soil for 300 pounds of marijuana.

    “If it was a straight assassination, there were points in this controlled delivery where he would have just been a sitting duck,“ a law-enforcement source speaking on the condition of anonymity told the Chronicle. “Pretty brazen to kill a man over 300 pounds of grass.”

    The Zetas are one of the most violent and powerful cartels operating in Mexico today. The former paramilitary-wing of the Gulf cartel is considered to be one of two dominant cartels in Mexico, along with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán's Sinaloa cartel.

    The group is believed to be responsible for the attack on a casino in Monterrey earlier this year that left 52 people dead.

    The sheriff’s deputy who was hit in the knee with a bullet during the attack is expected to be in the hospital through Thursday night, but will make a full recovery. Authorities are keeping quiet about who shot the sheriff’s deputy as the incident is still under investigation.

    They also did not release any information about the driver who was killed.

    “Everybody is surprised at the brazenness,” Peña said, according to the Chronicle. “We haven’t seen this type of violence, which concerns us.”
    With new barrier nearly complete, border town hangs on _ and so does illegal immigrant traffic
    By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer, February 25, 2009

    GRANJENO, Texas (AP) — When the government announced plans to build a new fence along portions of the Mexican border, residents of this sleepy town along the Rio Grande feared the barrier would cut them off from their backyards and even destroy some homes.

    Nearly two years later, the project is almost finished, and the village of Granjeno has managed to hang on — as have the illegal immigrants who still pour through town by climbing over or walking around the nearly two-mile barricade designed to keep them out.

    Instead of building a steel fence, the government agreed to turn an existing earthen levee into a stronger concrete one, which was supposed to both keep out illegal traffic and offer the village improved flood protection. The levee is now taller, with a sheer 18-foot drop on the side that faces Mexico.
    Border volunteer: Illegal immigration at crisis level
    News-Journal, July 18, 2008

    America faces an illegal immigration crisis, a Longview member of the Texas Border Volunteers said Thursday.

    Speaking before the Republican Club of Gregg County, Mike Denholm said the many crises range from the criminal to economic, environmental, medical and terrorism-related
    160 Arrested in Immigration Raid at a Houston Plant
    By THAYER EVANS for the New York Times, June 26, 2008

    HOUSTON — Federal immigration agents arrested 160 employees on Wednesday in a raid on a used clothing and rag exporting plant.

    The authorities said it was the largest workplace raid ever here. Most of those arrested were from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, officials said, and 70 percent of them were women.

    It was the second major raid in Houston in just over two months. Federal agents arrested 20 workers at a Shipley Do-Nuts factory on April 16.

    The roundup on Wednesday at Action Rags USA, which is just north of the Houston Ship Channel, began at 7 a.m. and was conducted by about 200 immigration agents, said Robert Rutt, special agent in charge of the Office of Investigations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Houston.
    Immigration central issue in mayoral race
    By Mark Collette The Daily News, 6/8/08

    LEAGUE CITY — “Sanctuary” is the latest buzz word in League City, where the immigration debate has infused the final week of the mayoral runoff campaigns.

    But a flood of letters to the editor in favor of Toni Randall or Chris Mallios shows not everyone agrees on what a sanctuary city is or what it means to support or oppose one.

    In a telephone interview, Mallios said one of his first acts as mayor would be creating an ordinance authorizing police to check a person’s immigration status and to refer them to federal authorities if they’re already under investigation for a separate offense. It would not allow police to selectively choose who would be subject to immigration checks, he said.
    'Sanctuary city' issue surfaces in race for League City mayor
    By THAYER EVANS for the Houston Chronicle, 6/2/08

    With less than two weeks remaining until League City's mayoral runoff, the focus of the race has shifted to the city's stance on illegal immigration.

    When an illegal immigrant is arrested in League City for a Class B misdemeanor or above, the police department contacts U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the person is then transported to the Galveston County jail, assistant police chief Gary Ratliff said. The city also contacts immigration officials for illegal immigrants arrested on a Class C misdemeanor, but if they don't have an outstanding warrant, they are released after the charge has been resolved, he said.
    Nelson discusses transportation, immigration, economy, education
    BY DAN EAKIN for the Southlake Times, 6/1/08

    Transportation, immigration, the economy and education are among the major issues facing the Texas Legislature, State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, told area business leaders in a joint meeting of government affairs committees Thursday morning at the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce.
    Judge Voids an Ordinance on Immigrants
    AP, 5/29/08

    FARMERS BRANCH, Tex. (AP) — A federal judge found Wednesday that a local ordinance prohibiting apartment rentals to illegal immigrants was unconstitutional and could not be enforced.

    The judge, Sam A. Lindsay, said Farmers Branch, a suburb of Dallas, tried to create its own classification to determine which noncitizens could rent in the city.

    Judge Lindsay also wrote that an effort by the city to salvage the ordinance would have required that the court draft laws.

    The ordinance, passed last year, would have required landlords to verify the legal status of applicants. It would have exempted minors and applicants 62 or older from having to prove their immigration status or citizenship.

    Families would have been allowed to renew an apartment lease if they met three conditions: they were already tenants; the head of a household or a spouse was living legally in the United States; and the family included only the spouse, their minor children or parents.
    A faith-based approach to undocumented immigration
    Hernan Rozemberg for the Express-News, 5/24/08

    A small group of faith-driven activists in San Antonio has a message for unauthorized immigrants who are being run out from coast to coast by new laws and massive raids: You're welcome here.

    Meeting quietly for months at a local church, they decided to counter what they see as an increasingly toxic anti-immigrant atmosphere by turning the city into a sanctuary for unauthorized immigrants.

    The activists, all Catholics, are trying to organize a network of places and services that migrants can tap for help.

    Need a place to stay? They can find one for you. Pockets and stomach empty? They'll get you some food. Too afraid to go to a hospital? They'll line up a doctor.
    Jury picked for BP blast trial after immigration queries
    By BRAD HEM Houston Chronicle, 5/23/08

    GALVESTON — After the selection process digressed briefly into the nation's immigration debate, lawyers picked an eight-woman, four-man jury today for a civil trial arising from the 2005 explosion at BP's Texas City refinery.

    Although two previous juries have heard testimony, they didn't deliberate because the cases were settled during trial, as could the ones now before state District Judge Susan Criss.

    BP has settled most of the 4,000 suits filed as a result of the blast, including those involving the 15 deaths and the most serious injuries. The company said it has paid or committed $2.1 billion to settle claims for injuries and deaths.
    Quintero case a battle cry against illegal immigration - Activists are galvanized over police officer's death
    By SUSAN CARROLL for the Houston Chronicle, 5/21/08

    In roughly 20 months since Juan Leonardo Quintero killed Houston police officer Rodney Johnson, the case has become a signature battle cry locally against illegal immigration.

    Quintero, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, has been called many things in chat rooms and on message boards, but "illegal" surfaces as frequently as "cop killer."

    Based on reader comments posted on Web sites Tuesday, Quintero continues to embody, for some, a failing U.S. immigration system. One reader commented on the life sentence Quintero received on Tuesday: "Sorry America. Illegal immigrants win again." Another reader posted: "Our taxes are paying for this illegal immigrant to rot in jail?"
    Texas: Immigration checks, hurricanes don't mix
    By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN for the AP, 5/16/08

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Federal border agents say they will search for illegal immigrants at inland Texas checkpoints even during a hurricane evacuation, a plan state and local officials say could lead to disastrous delays and discourage some people from getting out.

    Texas and federal officials have argued about the checkpoints roughly 75 miles from the border for years, but emergency managers only recently learned that the Border Patrol also plans to check the immigration status of people boarding buses at evacuation hubs in the Rio Grande Valley.

    State and local officials are concerned not only about delays, but that the checkpoints could deter illegal immigrants from fleeing dangerous conditions.
    It’s time to get creative with immmigration reform
    by William Lutz/LSR, 5/15/08

    Admittedly, the frustration many Texas legislators feel on the immigration issue is justified.

    The federal government won’t get the job done and enforce our immigration laws properly. Yet Texas state and local government has to pay the law enforcement, education, and health care costs of illegal immigration.

    To make matters worse, the federal government ties the hand of state lawmakers to take matters into their own hands. First, the courts come in with knuckle-headed decisions like Plyler vs. Doe, that require the state to admit illegal immigrants to the Texas public school system, while federal privacy laws prevent reporting these lawbreakers to law enforcement.

    Then, in the 1986 amnesty bill, the Congress pre-empts many state fines and civil penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants.
    Family members charged in longtime marriage fraud ring
    By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News , 5/14/08

    Three generations of an extended North Texas family are accused of running an elaborate marriage fraud ring that helped illegal immigrants from Brazil and Mexico remain in the country by marrying U.S. citizens for a fee of up to $12,000.

    Although some of the marriages date back to the 1970s, the investigation began in 2004 when someone tipped authorities to the scam, officials say. They did not estimate how many couples were married and divorced by the group, based in Fort Worth.
    Immigration a hot issue in Irving, Carrollton, Farmers Branch races
    By BRANDON FORMBY and IAN McCANN / The Dallas Morning News, 5/11/08

    Tim O'Hare, who made a name leading Farmers Branch's efforts to drive out illegal immigrants, was elected mayor of the Dallas County suburb Saturday.

    Tim O'Hare celebrated his mayoral win on Saturday. The Farmers Branch City Council member made a name leading efforts to pass a ban on apartment rentals to illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, Irving's incumbent mayor and a city council member beat challengers who wanted more immigration enforcement in the city – where campaigns were highly heated and often personal.

    In Carrollton, Mayor Becky Miller lost in an election day onslaught by challenger Ron Branson.
    Immigration raids catch citizens and legal residents
    By DIANNE SOLÍS / The Dallas Morning News, 5/10/08

    Two U.S. citizens and one legal permanent resident were among those arrested last month in Mount Pleasant, Texas, during a federal immigration crackdown targeting identity fraud at poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride.

    One 19-year-old citizen was taken from her home while still in her pajamas, and an 18-year-old citizen was shackled at his ankles, handcuffed at his wrists and tied at his waist, said the arrested workers and a relative. All three speak mostly Spanish.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, contends that such arrests are rare and that when it does happen, citizens are immediately released.
    Justice to monitor elections in 2 immigration hot spots
    KRIS TV, 5/9/08

    DALLAS -- The Justice Department will monitor Saturday's municipal elections in a pair of Dallas suburbs that have been flash points in the immigration debate.

    The department said Friday that the monitoring is designed to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

    Dallas County is obligated to provide all election information, ballots and voting assistance in Spanish and English in accordance with the act, the Justice Department said in a news release.

    Each year, the department employs hundreds of federal observers for elections across the country.

    In Farmers Branch, the mayor's race includes Councilman Tim O'Hare, who authored an ordinance to ban illegal immigrants from renting in the city. In Irving, advocates have questioned police stops that they say were targeting illegal immigrants.
    Illegal Immigrant Guilty of Murdering HPD Officer - Jury Takes Less Than 6 Hours To Convict Man of Capital Murder
    My FOX Houston, 5/8/08

    HOUSTON -- An illegal immigrant accused of murdering a Houston police officer two years ago now faces the death penalty after a jury convicted him of capital murder Thursday.

    Jurors convicted Juan Leonardo Quintero-Perez of capital murder shortly before 6 p.m. after less than six hours of deliberating the case.

    The sentencing phase of the trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday at 10 a.m. Quintero faces the death penalty.

    Quintero, 34, faced the capital murder charge in the 2006 death of Houston Police Department Officer Rodney Johnson.

    Investigators said Perez fatally shot Johnson four times in the head as he was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of the officer's patrol car. The shooting happened during a traffic stop in the 9300 block of Randolph Street in southeast Houston on Sept. 21, 2006. Johnson took Quintero into custody for driving without a license.
    Immigration issues likely to increase voter turnout in Carrollton, Farmers Branch and Irving
    By BRANDON FORMBY / The Dallas Morning News, 5/6/08

    Dallas County Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet said Saturday's mayoral races in Carrollton, Farmers Branch and Irving probably won't break any voter turnout records. But he expects voters in those cities, where illegal immigration has been an issue in the campaigns, to cast more ballots than their neighbors weighing in on other races in the county. "Those are the hotspot elections that are voting early," Mr. Sherbet said Tuesday.

    Mr. Sherbet said he expects about 35 percent of registered voters in Farmers Branch to cast ballots by 7 p.m. Saturday. He expects between 15 to 20 percent of Carrollton and Irving registered voters to go to the polls.

    "Obviously, Farmers Branch is going to have in all likelihood the largest voting turnout by percentage," Mr. Sherbet said.
    Local border wall to cost $113.9 million
    Jackie Leatherman and Jeremy Roebuck for the Monitor, 5/5/08

    EDINBURG - The border wall levee project in Hidalgo County now has a price tag: $113.9 million.

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security signed an agreement released Monday that shows it will give Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 $65.7 million to construct the concrete barrier along portions of its levees. The drainage district will be responsible for coming up with the other $48.2 million.

    Segments of the barrier in Hidalgo County add up to 22 miles and will be constructed along the river.

    The drainage district's share is to fix the land side of the levees, according to the agreement.

    Voters passed a $100-million bond issue in 2006 that will be used to fix portions of the levee without a border wall but it is unclear if portions of that will be used toward the district's portion of the agreement.

    The agreement also pushes back the final deadline for the project from December to March 31, simply stating the wall needs to be "substantially complete" by this year's end.
    County Commissioners Address The Immigration Debate
    KFOX, 5/5/08

    EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso County Commissioners Monday got officially involved in the nation's immigration debate, voting 3 to 1 in favor of a resolution that denounces construction of a border wall, while supporting comprehensive immigration reform.

    County Attorney Jose Rodriguez told KFOX why county leaders decided to take a stand on this heated political issue, "For years, some of us have been saying that's it's important for local communities to be given a voice in these matters. That the federal government just can't be simply building walls, or implementing other security policies without consulting with the communities that are affected."

    The only commissioner voting against the resolution, Dan Haggerty, said while he opposes a border wall he believes it's important for local governments to support the federal government.
    Illegal immigration could shake up Lewisville council races
    By JAY PARSONS / The Dallas Morning News, 5/4/08

    LEWISVILLE – Elected leaders in Lewisville take pride in their city's political peace and quiet. City Council meetings rarely draw crowds; recent elections haven't either.

    If one issue could stir this politically sleepy suburb, it could be illegal immigration. City leaders have taken an intentionally subtle approach compared with the high-profile campaigns in Farmers Branch and Irving.

    But the May 10 council race is amplifying the volume. Candidates report growing frustration from residents. Council candidate John Gorena – a veteran of high-profile immigration rallies in Farmers Branch and Irving – has campaigned vehemently for Lewisville to take a tougher stand against illegal immigrants.
    El Paso border chief urges immigration reform
    By ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press, 4/30/08

    EL PASO, Texas — The key to curbing illegal immigration rests in the hands of Congress, the chief of the U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso Sector said Tuesday.

    Chief Patrol Agent Victor M. Manjarrez Jr., in an interview with The Associated Press, said without comprehensive immigration reform border agents continue to split their attention between "economic migrants," criminals, and potentially terrorists.

    "Most of these people are economic migrants but we have to deal with them between the ports of entry because we have not, in terms of a legislative fix, determined what we do with these people," Manjarrez said. "I think it's pretty obvious that the country has a need for economic migrants. To what degree, I don't know. That's for the country to decide and for the politicians to decide."

    In the El Paso Sector, an area that encompasses 268 miles of border stretching west from Hudspeth County in far West Texas to the Arizona state line, agents arrested about 75,000 border crossers in fiscal year 2007. Manjarrez estimates that at least 87 percent of those were just looking for work.
    Illegal immigrant's plea offer for killing officer rejected
    AP, 4/27/08

    HOUSTON — An illegal immigrant accused of killing a Houston police officer may still face the death penalty after prosecutors rejected his offer to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence without parole.

    Juan Leonardo Quintero-Perez, 34, is set to begin his capital murder trial Monday in the death of Officer Rodney Johnson during a traffic stop in 2006. He is accused of shooting Johnson four times in the head after being arrested for driving without a license.

    Danalynn Recer, an attorney for Quintero-Perez, told the Houston Chronicle that the Mexican citizen confessed to the killing and accepts responsibility for his actions. She said he would agree to all the evidence against him if offered life without parole.

    But Harris County prosecutors said Saturday they will proceed with the trial.
    Texas lawmakers vow to crack down on illegal immigration
    By Brandi Grissom for the El Paso Times, 4/26/08

    AUSTIN -- Watching as states around the country take immigration into their own hands, Texas lawmakers who failed last year to crack down on illegal border crossers have vowed to catch up in 2009.

    Last year, state lawmakers nationwide submitted more than 1,500 immigration-related bills, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. More than 200 of those proposals became new laws in 46 states.

    Texas neighbor Oklahoma and fellow border state Arizona have adopted some of the toughest anti-immigration measures, and at a hearing this week some Lone Star lawmakers said they hope to follow suit.
    Carrollton, Farmers Branch accepted for immigration enforcement program
    By JEFF MOSIER / The Dallas Morning News, 4/25/08

    Carrollton and Farmers Branch are among the first Texas law enforcement agencies accepted into a program to give local officers federal immigration enforcement training, according to a press release Friday from U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant.

    Harris County, where Houston is located, has also been accepted into the 287(g) program this week, according to the Coppell Republican’s office. Officers and deputies from the three agencies will receive training allowing them to investigate whether a person is in the country illegally and give them to access to federal immigration databases.

    By early March, more than 600 officers from 41 agencies in 17 states were certified through the 287(g) program. Until now, there were none in Texas.

    The addition of Farmers Branch to the program formalized last month's announcement that a detective from the city would receive federal immigration training and work part time on a regional task force. The Police Department had asked that a jailer be trained through the program, but Chief Sid Fuller said last month that that was unlikely to happen.
    Methodists urge for humane immigration policies
    By ANGELA K. BROWN Associated Press, 4/24/08

    FORT WORTH, Texas — At a rally calling for open borders and better treatment of immigrants, several hundred Methodists on Thursday simultaneously called their congressional representatives to voice their opposition to an immigration enforcement measure.

    "We pray that this afternoon we might be a strong voice in favor of those who are immigrants today who suffer in river beds and who suffer in deserts and who suffer in borders, people all over the world forced into migration for the sake of survival," said the Rev. Minerva Carcano, bishop of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference.

    The group opposes the SAVE Act, which would strengthen borders and require employers to verify that their workers are in the U.S. legally. The immigration bill is pending, entangled in election-year politics.
    Dallas Mayor Leppert says illegal immigration should be left to federal authorities
    By DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News, 4/23/08

    Illegal immigration continues to rank among the nation's most contentious issues, but Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert said it should remain just that – a national issue.

    That's why he said he had no interest in discussing illegal immigration with Mexican President Felipe Calderón during a private meeting Tuesday in Dallas.

    "It's not part of our discussion," Mr. Leppert said. "We're focused on the same issues, like trade, that we talked about when I went to Mexico earlier this year."

    Mr. Leppert greeted the Mexican president upon his arrival in Dallas, where Mr. Calderón met with high-level local business leaders.

    Mr. Leppert, both as mayoral candidate and as mayor, has consistently contended that illegal immigration isn't Dallas City Hall's issue to address.

    While officials in suburbs such as Farmers Branch and Irving have pursued municipal laws targeting illegal immigrants, Dallas officials have not.

    "It's a federal issue that should be dealt with on a federal basis," he said in April 2007, two months before voters elected him mayor.
    Patchwork policy - Shipley raid gives crude proof: Immigration policy needs full reform.
    Houston Chronicle, 4/22/08

    Last week's raid on employees at the Shipley Do-Nuts factory suggests a lot of eggs must be broken before large employers finally demand sensible immigration reform.

    Such raids are messy, costly and proof that America desperately needs a legal way to hire foreign workers. When employers finally step forward to demand it, maybe Congress will pay attention.

    Current immigration policy consists mainly of enforcement schemes to physically block workers from entering the country — and sporadic gestures like last week's raids.

    This partial approach fails to address a critical piece of the immigration puzzle, which is business' huge demand for low-skilled foreign workers. Right now, there is simply no visa category that permits these workers to legally fill that demand for labor.

    In Houston, the Shipley raid was the first step in a criminal probe of the company's hiring practices. This represents an important break from the past, when undocumented workers were arrested, but lawbreaking employers typically went free.

    The Houston operation also showed more finesse than similar raids last year, which left scores of children without caretakers.
    Houston Shipley raid first in broad crackdown - By stepping up arrests, experts say, officials aim to force reform of immigration laws
    By JAMES PINKERTON for the Houston Chronicle, 4/21/08

    Families are in hiding. Immigrants are lining up lawyers in case of arrest. Business leaders are nervous, and activists are outraged.

    It's part of the dramatic fallout from an immigration raid last week on a Shipley Do-Nuts warehouse complex, the first such raid in Houston since early last year.

    "A lot of the undocumented are afraid of going out on the street where you might get picked up," said Alma Baladez, a legal Mexican immigrant who lives by the northside Shipley complex. "They don't go out with the same tranquility."

    That peace could be rocked even further as immigration experts and government officials warn that more raids are looming — raids increasingly designed to force employers into complying with laws.

    Kevin Lachus, a former Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney, expects worksite investigations and immigration raids to increase significantly across the U.S. and especially in Houston.
    Lawmakers study immigration crackdown
    By KELLEY SHANNON for the Associated Press, 4/21/08

    AUSTIN — Conservative Texas legislators made it clear Monday they'll again push for strict state laws to crack down on illegal immigration when lawmakers convene in January.

    A chief area they're likely to concentrate on is encouraging local police departments to work with U.S. officials to enforce federal immigration laws, which the House State Affairs Committee is studying.

    "The fact of the matter is, our borders are broken," said Republican Rep. Debbie Riddle of Tomball, urging lawmakers in 2009 to battle illegal immigration. "My district, and I think the people of Texas, are demanding action."

    Riddle told the committee that Texas lawmakers "blew our opportunity" in failing to pass stringent immigration legislation last year.

    Texas lawmakers fought fiercely over immigration and border security in 2007. They ended up providing about $110 million in border security money for state and local law enforcement, but did not — despite some initial proposals — require local officials to enforce immigration laws. Other proposals died when some Republican leaders worried they would run into constitutional challenges in court if they were passed.

    Rep. Leo Berman, a Tyler Republican, told the committee he wants to see legislative proposals in 2009 requiring voters to show photo identification to prove their citizenship, penalizing employers who hire illegal immigrants and paying for local law enforcement to train to enforce federal immigration laws.
    Houston debates illegal alien sanctuary policy
    Blog Houston, 4/20/08

    City council heard public comments on Houston's unofficially official sanctuary policy for illegal immigrants and Councilmember Mark Ellis' proposal to end the policy:

    Houston residents asked a divided City Council Tuesday to end an official city policy that forbids local police from rounding up undocumented immigrants for being in the country illegally.

    Slightly more than a dozen people appeared before the council in support of Councilman Mark Ellis' proposal to overturn the policy, which prevents officers from asking about someone's citizenship status or detaining someone for being in the country illegally.

    Houston is not officially a so-called "sanctuary city," since the policy is not codified in a city ordinance. Ellis' proposal would rescind the general order that governs the policy and replace it with a city ordinance that would require officers to enforce federal immigration laws.

    "Houston has never passed a resolution at City Hall designating the city as a sanctuary city," Ellis acknowledged. "But (the general order) creates the appearance of a sanctuary city."

    Maria Jimenez, a veteran immigrant-rights activist in Houston, told the council the "hands-off" order, which was issued in 1992 by then-Police Chief Sam Nuchia, was necessary because it was a public safety issue.

    If people in immigrant communities feared that local police would turn them in for being illegal, she said, they wouldn't call police when they needed them.

    "If we rescind this order, we are undermining public safety," Jimenez said.
    By DAVID McLEMORE for The Dallas Morning News, 4/19/08

    Sixteen months ago, federal agents swept into the Panhandle town of Cactus, Texas, in Moore County as part of a massive raid of Swift & Co. beef processing plants across the country. They arrested 297 workers on immigration violations and sent hundreds more fleeing the community for fear of more raids.

    Days after immigration sweeps this week at poultry processing plants in five states, Dumas City Manger Vince DiPiazza has advice for communities reeling from the effects of such raids: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    "Things were a little rocky in the short-term, but the upheaval of the raids hasn't hurt us financially," Mr. DiPiazza said. "Swift aggressively brought in new workers and had the plant working to capacity within months."

    But with the new workers has come a fresh set of challenges.

    Swift's new owners, a Brazilian firm, recruited a different set of foreign workers to fill the gaps left by the Mexican and Central American workers caught up in the ICE raid in December 2006. This time, they hired refugees brought into the U.S. on a special visa.

    Influx of refugees

    Since January, roughly 400 members of the Karen and Chin ethnic groups from Burma have moved into Moore County from Houston and other cities, drawn by the $12-an-hour jobs. A similar number of Somali refugees living in Amarillo also work at the Cactus plant.
    Tally of those arrested in immigration raids at Pilgrim's Pride plants climbs to 311
    By DIANNE SOLÍS and STELLA M. CHÁVEZ for The Dallas Morning News, 4/18/08

    The tally of those arrested at Pilgrim's Pride poultry plants on various immigration-related offenses climbed Thursday to 311.

    Workers at Pilgrim's Pride, one of the world's largest poultry processors, have been the target of a criminal investigation into identity theft for at least a year, and Wednesday, workers employed at five plants, including Mount Pleasant operations, were arrested by federal immigration agents.

    Certain workers at the Mount Pleasant plant are believed to be key organizers in an identity theft ring, federal prosecutors and agents said.

    False use of an authentic Social Security number is a felony – and growing in prevalence among illegal immigrants searching for ways to avoid detection.

    But the tally, released Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, showed that slightly less than a third of the arrested workers had been charged with criminal violations. Federal officials said Wednesday that charges could be made more severe.

    The remaining Pilgrim's Pride employees are being processed for removal from the U.S., on administrative violations of immigration law.

    All 46 workers arrested in Mount Pleasant faced criminal charges. But Thursday afternoon, two workers were released and motions to dismiss the criminal indictments were dropped, said Arnold Spencer, a U.S. assistant attorney involved in the investigation. In one case, one worker was a legal permanent resident; Mr. Spencer would not comment on the immigration status or citizenship of the second worker.

    Arrests in Mount Pleasant could climb. "We have a significant number of people who are now fugitives and were indicted," Mr. Spencer said.

    Another two dozen workers were arrested last December, after an investigation that began a year ago and involved undercover agents
    Mexico's President Calderón to speak on immigration in Dallas
    By ALFREDO CORCHADO for The Dallas Morning News, 4/17/08

    MEXICO CITY – In his first trip to Texas as president, Mexico's Felipe Calderón will make a brief stop in Dallas on Tuesday to talk about an issue that has become more and more contentious in recent months – immigration.

    Mr. Calderón will appear at a conference of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, a 125-member advisory council formed by the Mexican government in 2003 to strengthen ties between Mexico and its sons and daughters working in other countries.

    It will be only the second time that the group, which meets twice a year, will meet in the U.S. The first was in Atlanta in 2004.

    "The Mexican government believes that protection assistance programs for Mexicans in the United States should be strengthened continuously, and Texas, as the second-largest state with Mexicans, represents the ideal geographic place for these programs," said a spokeswoman for Mr. Calderón. She added that the president believes it's important "to personally connect with Mexicans who live and work in Texas."
    Immigration raid nets 20 arrests at Houston Shipley Do-Nut plant
    By JAMES PINKERTON for the Houston Chronicle, 4/16/08

    Federal agents today raided a large Shipley Do-Nuts facility on Houston's north side, where they have arrested 20 workers suspected of being illegal immigrants.

    Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement executed a search warrant about 5 a.m. at the Shipley manufacturing process center in the 5200 block of North Main.

    Harris County sheriff's deputies assisted in the raid, which took place after a caravan of about 50 federal and county vehicles drove to the center.

    An ICE helicopter hovered over the site while sheriff's deputies guarded the perimeter and federal agents went inside. A number of workers were brought out in handcuffs while agents sorted through company documents and interviewed other employees.
    Texas: Last Plea in Smuggling Case
    AP, 4/15/08

    The last of 14 people indicted in the nation’s deadliest human smuggling attempt pleaded guilty, federal prosecutors in Houston said. The defendant, Octavio Torres-Ortega, 42, was accused of leading one of the subordinate rings involved in the smuggling attempt that led to the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants packed in a sweltering tractor-trailer five years ago. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to harbor and transport immigrants illegally in the United States resulting in death and serious bodily injury, the United States attorney’s office said. More than 70 immigrants were being transported to Houston from Harlingen in South Texas when the truck driver abandoned the trailer at a truck stop near Victoria, about 100 miles southwest of Houston, in 2003. The victims died of dehydration, overheating and suffocation. Mr. Torres-Ortega faces a term of life in prison.
    Lamar Smith: Why not use the immigration tools Congress already passed?
    By U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith for The Dallas Morning News, 4/14/08

    For over 200 years, immigrants coming to our nation have found hope at their first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. The words written at its base, "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," capture the American identity.

    That is why the debate over immigration is so important to the American people. It strikes at the heart of what our nation stands for – freedom, equality and opportunity for all. But in order to preserve these ideals, we must put an end to illegal immigration.

    Texans may understand this better than anyone else. As a border state, we experience the immediate impact of illegal immigration in our schools, our hospitals and our communities. We also understand what many elected officials still don't – rewarding lawbreakers with amnesty only encourages a new flood of illegal immigrants.

    Nearly half a million people come illegally to the U.S. each year. Add that to the 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants who are currently living here and you have a city twice the size of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Clearly this is a growing problem that Congress must address.

    And in fact, we did address it – more than 10 years ago. In 1996, Congress passed comprehensive immigration reform to put an end to the growing problem. Unfortunately, both Republican and Democratic administrations refused to enforce the law. So Congress spent the past decade passing more laws to try to quell the flood of illegal immigration. These too remain largely unenforced.
    Candidates have different focuses in Carrollton mayor's race
    By STEPHANIE SANDOVAL / The Dallas Morning News , 4/13/08

    Becky Miller and Ron Branson have seldom seen eye to eye over the years. But the differences are heightened as they square off in the Carrollton mayor's race.

    Ms. Miller, who served on the City Council for seven years before being elected mayor in 2005, says transportation and air quality are among the biggest issues.

    Mr. Branson, who resigned for health reasons in 2006 after being elected to two terms on the council, says illegal immigration is one of the first things he'll tackle if he unseats Ms. Miller in the May 10 election.
    2 years after march, immigration laws still haven't been overhauled
    By ALEJANDRO MARTÍNEZ Al Día for the Dallas Morning News, 4/12/08

    Two years ago this week, about a half-million people took to the streets in a mega-march to demand an overhaul of immigration laws.

    On April 9, 2006, hundreds of thousands of marchers filled downtown Dallas to demand an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws. Two years later, organizers have mixed feelings about the future for immigration overhaul. But in the years since the march through downtown Dallas, measures targeting illegal immigrants in North Texas and across the country have increased, analysts say, and the likelihood of an overhaul of immigration laws seems more remote than ever.
    Demographer concerned by Texas' immigration trend
    By PATRICK McGEE for the Star-Telegram, 4/12/08

    DALLAS -- Texas' immigration trend could spell long-term difficulty because it's so dominated by low-skilled workers.

    That was the concern expressed by Karl Eschbach, Texas' interim state demographer and associate professor of demography at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

    "In principle, you would prefer the mix," said Eschbach, who addressed the Dallas Friday Group, which brings in public figures to speak on business and public affairs.

    The deadline for visa applications for high-skilled workers was April 7, with the number of applications far outstripping the 85,000 available visas. The federal government said it will issue the H-1B visas by lottery.

    Eschbach offered no specifics about what the immigration trend will mean to Texas' economy but said it would be felt from socio-economic costs to strains on the job market.

    "You are shooting yourself in the foot," he said.
    Controversial Immigration Game On TTU Campus
    By Amy Montalvo for Everything Lubbock, 4/11/08

    On the Texas Tech campus, an attempt to spark discussion about illegal immigration has ruffled the feathers of many students on campus. The Young Conservatives of Texas led a game called "Catch the Illegal Immigrant." They sent students out with shirts bearing the slogan "Illegal Immigrant.. catch me if you can" and then encouraged other students to "catch" them. But many students say the game was purposefully offensive, and they don't like Texas Tech being represented by that kind of demonstration.
    Immigration agency plans to extend inmate screening
    By PATRICK McGEE for the, 4/9/08

    DALLAS – The federal government plans to expand screening of arrestees' legal U.S. residency to every jail in the country, America's immigration enforcement officer said in a visit to Dallas Wednesday.

    The effort would be similar to the program under way in Irving that has resulted in the deportation of thousands of illegal immigrants.

    Julie Myers, assistant secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, stressed that the new Secure Communities plan's first priority will be people convicted of violent crimes.

    Myers talked of ICE expanding its reach into all the country's jails largely by getting immigration databases to work together and identify people in jail or prison who can be deported. But the program is not expected reach all jails for another three-and-a-half years.
    Brothers indicted in alleged immigration scheme: Brownsville natives charged with obtaining fraudulent work visas
    Brownsville Herald, 4/5/08

    A federal grand jury has returned a 19-count indictment against twin brothers Alberto and Bernardo Pena, and three others on charges of obtaining fraudulent work visas for more than 80 Indian nationals.

    The Pena brothers, both 38, face charges of obtaining fraudulent H-2B visas, which are used to procure foreign manual labor. The visas are for non-immigrants and allow an employer in the United States to hire foreign workers for temporary non-agricultural work, according to federal court documents.

    Also named in the indictment are Mahendrakumar "Mack" Patel, 55, Rakesh Patel, 36, and Marte Othon Villar Sr., 48, according to federal court documents. Are all charged with encouraging and inducing the illegal immigration of the Indian nationals in exchange for thousands of dollars per visa.
    Immigration agents raid Latino night clubs in Dallas
    By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News, 3/30/08

    A task force led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided more than two dozen mostly Latino night clubs, restaurants, pool halls and other businesses Saturday night, arresting 49 undocumented immigrants employed as security guards, officials said.

    All of those arrested work for two local security companies, which authorities declined to identify Sunday.
    To be fair, let's open legal immigration equally to all - Current U.S. rules penalize poor but worthy candidates
    By ELENA DELAVEGA for the Houston Chronicle, 3/30/08

    Sometimes a rule applied equally is not a rule applied fairly.

    Why do people choose to come into this country illegally?

    Most people in this country do not oppose immigration for racist or xenophobic reasons. Most people are open to immigration, but because Americans are such an orderly people, because we like the rule of law and we rightly believe that things work best when everyone follows the rules, most Americans are upset at people who break the law and come to this country illegally.

    Why, they ask, don't these people come to the United States legally? Why don't they apply for an immigrant visa, pay the fees, and follow the rules, like so many others?

    The short answer is that they can't.
    KKK in El Paso due to immigration issue
    By Daniel Borunda for the For the Las Cruces Sun-News, 3/28/08

    EL PASO — The argument over illegal immigration is fueling the growth of groups such as a Ku Klux Klan chapter that popped up in El Paso last year but has since disappeared, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, which tracks hate groups.

    A chapter of the Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is shown in El Paso in a map of hate groups recently published by the Intelligence Project.

    "We know from their Web site that there was a Bayou Knights chapter created there (in El Paso) last year," said Intelligence Project director Mark Potok. He said the KKK branch might have been as small as one member.

    The Bayou Knights listed a headquarters in Smackover, Ark., and 14 chapters, mostly in Texas and Louisiana.

    "Somewhere toward the end of 2007, they (the Bayou Knights) joined a new group, the United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, just another small Klan faction," Potok said in a telephone interview from the center offices in Montgomery, Ala.

    The United White Knights do not show a chapter in El Paso, Potok said. "It very likely disappeared. It's perfectly possible it just went out of business. Maybe this guy moved away," he said.
    3 dead, at least 9 hurt in Texas in wreck of truck crammed with suspected illegal immigrants
    By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN for the AP, 3/27/08

    PENITAS, Texas - A pickup truck crammed with suspected illegal immigrants collided with an SUV near the Mexican border Thursday, killing three people and injuring at least nine others.

    Police said there could have been as many as 25 people in the truck when it crashed before dawn on U.S. Highway 83, the main east-west artery along the border in the Rio Grande Valley.

    "There were bodies all over the place," said Penitas interim Police Chief David Harris. Nine people were taken to hospitals, while Border Patrol spokesman Oscar Saldana said his agency had three suspected illegal immigrants in custody.

    The truck's driver, believed to be injured, ran off, Harris said. Information was not immediately available on the condition of the other driver. Department of Public Safety troopers were investigating the cause of the accident.
    It's time to think about compromise on immigration
    Steve Blow for the Dallas News, 3/26/08

    Forgive the pun, but I wondered if Jean Towell was ready to throw in the towel.

    Mrs. Towell is our hometown hardliner on illegal immigration. She's president and a founder of Dallas-based Citizens for Immigration Reform.

    And despite her best efforts to stir outrage, the issue absolutely died this political season.

    "A dud," as one Republican pollster put it.

    The two GOP presidential candidates who staked their campaigns on immigration — Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo — went nowhere.

    And insult of all insults, the Republican most reviled among hardliners, Sen. John McCain, won the nomination.

    Locally, Republican sheriff's candidate Charlie Richmond campaigned on cracking down on illegal immigration. And he came in dead last in the four-person primary race.
    City accused of trying to enforce barred ordinance
    AP, 3/25/08

    FARMERS BRANCH, Texas — Landlords in this Dallas suburb were asked to determine the immigration status of tenants, even though an ordinance calling for such checks was halted by a federal judge.

    Three apartment complexes already suing Farmers Branch over a rule requiring verification of a tenants' citizenship or immigration status have asked a federal court to sanction the city. They are asking for fines and costs of the court filings.
    Mother who left kids in car turned over to immigration authorities
    By Danny Gallagher, McKinney Courier-Gazette, March 24, 2008

    A woman who pled guilty to leaving her two children in a car that ran out of gas on a highway has been turned over to federal immigration authorities.

    The Collin County Detention Center turned Margarita Huerta, 32, of Sherman over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after she completed her jail sentence, according to jail records.

    Lt. John Norton of the Collin County Sheriff's Office said the jail turned Huerta over to ICE officials on Friday after the conclusion of her sentence.

    Huerta pled guilty last month in the 416th District Court to two state jail felony counts of abandoning/endangering a child and received a 100-day jail sentence. She only had to serve 24 additional days in the county jail since the court subtracted the 76 days she spent in the jail since her arrest to her sentence, according to Collin County court records.
    Illegal Immigration Statistics on the Rise in the El Paso Area
    by Armando Saldivar, KDBC 4 News March 23, 2008

    Immigration violations have skyrocketed at area ports of entry this past week. During the last seven days U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 145 immigration violations in El Paso, West Texas and New Mexico.

    In most weeks officers record between 95 and 120 violations. The government thinks that many people are crossing illegally because of the new identification standards that have been put in place.
    Police detective may receive training to check suspects' immigration status
    By PATRICK McGEE for the Star-Telegram, 3/20/08

    A Farmers Branch police detective will likely be trained in immigration law and will sometimes work with federal immigration task forces in North Texas, according to city officials.

    Deputy Police Chief Mark Young said the detective would be able to investigate the immigration status of suspects in Farmers Branch police investigations and of prisoners in the Farmers Branch jail.

    "It will help out the entire investigative unit," Young said. "They'll have somebody on staff that they can call ... and a person will be readily available versus calling ICE and waiting."

    ICE is Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency that enforces immigration law. Young said the Farmers Branch detective would sometimes work with Dallas-area ICE task forces that focus on gangs and document fraud.

    The Farmers Branch City Council voted in 2006 to have a police officer trained in enforcing immigration law, along with making English the city's official language and a ban on illegal immigrants renting apartments in the city.
    Texas Democrat arms self with immigration bill, centrist label
    By SUZANNE GAMBOA for the Associated Press, 3/14/08

    Just in time for a return to his conservative-leaning district, Rep. Nick Lampson joined Republicans trying to force a vote on a get-tough immigration bill. He also won the label of House centrist in a Capitol Hill news magazine.

    Those two things could help the freshman Democrat blunt GOP efforts to reclaim District 22, a seat previously held by former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
    Day Laborer Crackdown or Immigration Bust?
    FOX TV DVW, 3/11/08

    A North Texas police department recently ran an undercover operation targeting day laborers. Police say the program aims to keep the workers from rushing to vehicles in the roadway, but as FOX 4's Jason Overstreet reports, critics complain the sting was a backdoor immigration crackdown
    Latino School Enrollment Up In Cities With Immigration Laws
    FORT WORTH, Texas -- North Texas cities debating local laws to deal with illegal immigration are also home to school districts with some of the state's largest increases in Hispanic student enrollment, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram analysis found.

    The Irving and Carrollton-Farmers Branch school districts were in the state's top 5 percent for the greatest proportional increases in Hispanic students from 1995-96 to 2005-06. Of the more than 560 districts analyzed by the newspaper, the two school districts also ranked in the top 30 for the greatest percentage-point increases in poor children and students with limited English proficiency, according to data from the Texas Education Agency.

    The newspaper did not say whether the data explained if the Hispanic students were immigrants or U.S.-born.

    Experts think the rise in Hispanic enrollment may help explain the push for strict immigration-related measures in cities such as Farmers Branch and Irving.
    Immigration agent kills self amid porn, swastika flag - Agent fires at other officers, shoots himself after standoff.
    GRAND PRAIRIE — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent killed himself after an armed standoff with a police officer and three colleagues, Grand Prairie police said Wednesday.

    Police discovered a suitcase full of pornography, a flag with a swastika and more than a half-dozen weapons after finding Mark Juvette dead early Wednesday.
    GOP rivals face off again for Kaufman-Henderson House seat - Immigration key in race for Kaufman-Henderson seat
    By FRANK TREJO / The Dallas Morning News, February 24, 2008

    Illegal immigration has taken center stage in the heated Republican primary race between five-term state Rep. Betty Brown of Terrell and challenger Wade Gent of Forney.

    Both said illegal immigration is a constant concern of residents in state House District 4, which is Kaufman and Henderson counties. And both said they would work hard to stop it.

    But Mr. Gent, who ran unsuccessfully for the same seat two years ago, has attacked Ms. Brown's 2001 vote for a bill that lets illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition at state universities and colleges if they graduate from a Texas high school, have lived in the state at least three years and sign an affidavit saying they will seek legal status as soon as they are eligible.

    The measure, House Bill 1403, passed overwhelmingly in the House and Senate and was signed by Gov. Rick Perry with little controversy.
    Education, health care among challenges listed at Dallas conference on illegal immigration
    By Dianne Solís / The Dallas Morning News, February 21, 2008

    Some 200 people – including the Dallas schools superintendent and Parkland Memorial Hospital officials – turned out Thursday for a frank and detailed discussion on illegal immigration and some of the challenges the city faces.

    The conference – Nation of Immigrants: 21st Century Challenges – was sponsored by the Dallas chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women and included diverse sessions on medical care, legal and civil rights, and education in Dallas and the state.

    About 1.6 million illegal immigrants are estimated to live in Texas, and nearly 12 million in the nation, as of 2006, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
    Illegal immigration is crux of Dallas conference - National Council of Jewish Women hopes to produce report for city
    By Dianne Solís / The Dallas Morning News, February 20, 2008

    The National Council of Jewish Women will hold a daylong conference on immigration Thursday with a goal of producing a report for the city of Dallas.

    The Dallas chapter of the women's organization says tackling tough issues is part of its mission.
    Sugar Land Not Becoming A Sanctuary City
    By John Pape for Fort Bend Now, February 17, 2008

    There’s at least one issue that all three Sugar Land mayoral candidates agree on – Sugar Land should not be a “sanctuary city.”

    Rumors have swept through the city in recent weeks that Sugar Land was about to become a sanctuary city, leading at least one candidate to e-mail a position statement on the issue to his constituents. A sanctuary city is the term commonly used to describe a city that prohibits any local enforcement of immigration issues, even to the point of prohibiting local police from asking individuals about their immigration status.
    Border Fence Would Slice Through Private Land
    By N.C. Aizenman, New York Times, February 16, 2008

    EL CALABOZ, Tex. -- In the 240 years since the Spanish Crown granted Eloisa Tamez's colonial ancestors title to this flat, grassy expanse along the Rio Grande's northern bank, her family has steadily lost its holdings to the Mexican War of Independence, the U.S. annexation of Texas and the Great ...
    More immigration raids, enforcement prompts firm to expand - Tindall & Foster adds attorneys, new offices
    By Jean Kwon for the Austin Business Journal, February 15, 2008

    As companies face the specter of a widening federal crackdown on immigration enforcement while they add more foreign-born workers, local immigration firm Tindall & Foster PC sees room to grow.

    As the largest firm in Central Texas with a practice limited to immigration and related international law, it recently doubled its office space in downtown Austin and will increase its staff in anticipation of sweeping enforcement of tougher immigration rules.
    In Texas, Weighing Life With a Border Fence
    By RALPH BLUMENTHAL, New York Times, January 13, 2008

    A planned border fence has provoked alarm among land owners fearful of being cut off from their own property.
    Police: Stolen Trucks Carrying Illegal Immigrants, Marijuana
    Yahoo News, 12/3/07

    Two trucks stopped by the Dilley Police Department early Monday morning were carrying much more than illegal immigrants, police said.
    Officer sentenced for hiring illegal immigrants as armed guards
    Associated Press, 11/5/07

    A former Houston police officer has been sentenced to just more than three years in prison for hiring illegal immigrants as guards and then arming them.
    SOUTHWEST; Texas: Immigrants Pull Children From School
    AP story published by the New York Times, 10/5/07

    The superintendent of the Irving school district said that some immigrant parents had pulled their children from school over fears that they or their families would be deported. The superintendent, Jack Singley, said that about 90 children had been withdrawn from 33,000-student public school district in the last week. The Mexican Consulate has advised people to avoid driving through Irving, a Dallas suburb, in response to the Irving Police Department’s participation with federal immigration authorities in a program to identify illegal immigrants who have been arrested and to deport them. The Irving police have turned over more than 1,600 people to immigration officials since the program began last year....
    Church Offers Sanctuary To Undocumented Workers
    (KFOX 14 El Paso), 9/30/07

    EL PASO, Texas -- An El Paso church is taking a stand by sheltering illegal immigrants just like churches across the country. St. Pius X, in addition to several other churches, is part of the New Sanctuary Movement that lets immigrants who are undocumented and working live on their property.