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Gallego, Hispanic Caucus blast attempt to ban DREAMers from military

The Republican-led house narrowly defeated Thursday afternoon an attempt to ban young undocumented immigrants from serving in the military.... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Texas scrambles to fund border security project

Despite Texas lawmakers’ urgent calls to secure the border and fill in gaps they say the federal government has left wide open, a key effort Gov. Greg Abbott deemed a priority in 2015 isn’t off the ground yet.... Read more»

'At the limit,' Mexico buckles under migrant surge to U.S.

Mexico is struggling to stem the flow of Central American migrants traveling to the United States ahead of the U.S. presidential election, causing major concern in Washington, which is weighing sending more agents to help. ... Read more»

Lawmakers trade ‘hate,’ ‘censorship’ barbs in ‘illegal alien’ debate

The House spent several hours in bitter debate Thursday over a Republican-backed bill that would force the Library of Congress to continue using the term “illegal alien” in its catalog instead of the library’s preferred “noncitizen.”... Read more»

'Minutemen' co-founder Simcox convicted of child molestation

An Arizona jury on Wednesday convicted the co-founder of a border militia group of molesting a 5-year-old girl but acquitted him of more serious sex charges. Chris Simcox, who co-founded the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, was found guilty of two felony counts of child molestation and one felony count of providing obscene material to a minor.... Read more»

Congressman Vela's 'up yours' letter to Trump wows Washington

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela's open letter to Donald Trump, that missive challenging the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to ram a theoretical border wall up his ass, is already the stuff of Capitol Hill legend. ... Read more»

Which ‘La Raza’? Trump comments cause confusion over group's role

Donald Trump's attacks on a federal judge of Mexican heritage have ignited hundreds of postings on social media about an advocacy group for Latinos that some Trump supporters are calling a terrorist organization. ... Read more»

Flake: Trump's 'Mexican' judge comments 'big trouble' for GOP, can't support nominee

Senator Jeff Flake expressed alarm Monday morning about the effect Trump's anti-Latino comments will have on the Republican party.... Read more»

Texas congressman to Trump: Shove border wall 'up your ass'

"Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass," Brownsville's Rep. Filemon Vela wrote in a lengthy missive to the Republican presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in an open letter Monday.... Read more»

Obama's lawyers ask Texas judge to rethink immigration order

The Obama administration has asked a Brownsville-based judge to rethink an order that requires the federal government to turn over the private information of thousands of undocumented immigrants.... Read more»

Judge 'inclined' to make Maricopa County pay Arpaio's racial profiling victims

A federal judge on Tuesday said he was inclined to order an Arizona county to pay restitution to hundreds of Latino drivers who were illegally stopped and detained by deputies working for Phoenix area Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Earlier this month, Judge Snow declared Arpaio to be in civil contempt of his order to stop profiling drivers.... Read more»

Federal judge orders ethics classes for Justice Dep't attorneys

The Brownsville-based judge who halted President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration has decided that ethics classes are in order for the attorneys who defended the policy.... Read more»

Push to provide lawyers for immigrant children loses steam

When thousands of Central American children began flooding across the Texas border in 2014, the state’s legal community said it was ready to pitch in and help minors seeking asylum in the United States navigate a system that doesn’t guarantee a right to counsel.... Read more»

Unaccompanied minors – the state and local story

With the dramatic increase in unaccompanied minors over the past five years, some communities have expressed willingness to accept these children, while others have voiced concerns that the children would have an adverse effect on the local infrastructure.... Read more»

Judge finds Arpaio in contempt in racial profiling case

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and three of his top officials were found to be in civil contempt on Friday after a federal judge ruled that he violated court orders stemming from a 2007 racial profiling case.... Read more»

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