houston: Page 1
Discussed in (click each link for the full post):
After Hurricane Harvey has caused widespread devastation in Texas and Houston, the Mexican government has offered to "help" (link):
From this: Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Wednesday that U.S. state immigration laws such as that of Arizona, which is fighting for the measure in the U.S. Supreme Court, smack of xenophobia.
From this: Homeland Security officials misled the public and Congress last year in an effort to downplay a wave of immigration case dismissals in Houston and other cities amid accusations that they had created a "back-door amnesty," newly released records show.
From this: The Department of Homeland Security is systematically reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases and moving to dismiss those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records, according to several sources familiar with the efforts. Culling the immigration court system dockets of noncriminals started in earnest in Houston about a month ago and has stunned local immigration attorneys, who have reported coming to court anticipating clients' deportations only to learn that the government was dismissing their cases. Richard Rocha, an Immigration and...
Former Houston police chief Harold Hurtt was recently named to a leadership position at ICE; see the backstory here.
From this: Harold Hurtt, a former police chief in Houston and Phoenix, has been hired as the director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of State and Local Coordination. Starting July 6, Hurtt will supervise outreach and communication between ICE, local law enforcement agencies, tribal leaders and representatives from non-governmental organizations... ...as a police chief, Hurtt was a supporter of (sanctuary cities) policies, by which illegal immigrants who don't commit crimes can live without fear of exposure or detainment because police don't check for immigration...
Democracy Now/[[April 21st, 2006]]/ link Jorge Mujica, one of the lead organizers for the March 10 protest in Chicago that drew up to 300,000 people. A former journalist and union organizer, Mujica has worked for La Raza, Univision, and Telemundo, and has been involved in union organizing in both the US and in Mexico. ...JORGE MUJICA: Thank you very much.
Associated Press/Laura Wides/[[November 11, 2006]]/ link
"D.C. hears El Pasoan's ideas about reforms" January 15, 2007 by Louie GilotEl Paso Times elpasotimes.com/election/ci_5016999
Dudley Althaus and James Pinkerton/[[December 28, 2005]]/Houston Chronicle/ link
Suzanne Gamboa of the Associated Press offers "Immigration ads a problem for campaigns": Capturing the immigration debate in political ads this campaign season - without upsetting Hispanics - is proving tricky for the parties and candidates.
Like Los Angeles, New York, (reportedly) Denver, and several other major cities (and terrorist targets) Houston has a sanctuary policy that prevents their cops from asking about someone's immigration status. HPD Captain Bruce Williams explains how this works: "If the citizen can come to us and know that we're going to take the information that they give us without looking into their status as an immigrant, then they're more free to come to us and talk about crime issues." Councilman Mark Ellis is trying to change the policy: "I am in favor of supporting what the Bush administration has asked...
From the Houston Chronicle : September 11 Commission member John Lehman Thursday criticized so-called "sanctuary" practices in Houston and elsewhere that restrict cooperation between local police and federal immigration officials as an invitation to terrorists looking to enter the United States. "It is ridiculous that five cities in the United States do not allow local police to cooperate with the federal immigration service," said Lehman, visiting Houston to lobby for Sept. 11 commission report recommendations.