Unidentified immigrant body count remains grave issue in Brooks County

Jacqueline Armendariz | Twitter: @jarmendariz Lawmen and “angels” are among those focused on the 129 people found dead in Brooks County’s remote and rugged terrain last year. Last month, a new unit formed to strengthen the prosecution of human smugglers who led illegal immigrants to their deaths through the area, Brooks County Chief Deputy Urbino […]

Rio Grande Valley Locals Continue to Seek Deferred Action

TCRP Immigrant Rights Program Andrew Kreighbaum | Twitter: @akreighbaum MISSION — Dariana Ibarra wiped the milk from her 2-month-old son’s chin at IDEA Public Schools’ campus in Mission as she waited for legal advice on her application for deferred action. The 18-year-old began working on her application as soon as the new policy was announced […]

Court: Houston church discriminated against disabled woman

Disability Rights in Houston By Erin Mulvaney A Harris County court has ruled that authorities at a Houston church discriminated against a disabled woman when they banned her from worship after she raised concerns about restroom accessibility. Malaika Adan filed suit in 2010 against Beth Yeshua HaMashiach, a church of about 100 for Jewish and […]

School Beating Brings Call for Anti-Bullying Aid

TCRP Anti-Bullying By Alex Hinojosa After a bullying attack left a 13-year-old student bruised and battered this week, a local civil rights group is demanding that the Socorro Independent School District improve its bullying awareness and prevention programs. According to the Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project, the female student was attacked Thursday at Jane […]

TCRP Files Complaint Against Federal Judge for Racially Offensive Remarks

A Pattern of ‘Racially Offensive Remarks’ John Council A Texas civil rights organization has submitted a judicial misconduct complaint against U.S District Court Judge Lynn Hughes of Houston to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, alleging that Hughes has made “racially intolerant comments” and requesting that he step down from the bench or be […]

Fuerza del Valle: Wage Theft is Rampant

Labor Justice in the Valley HIDALGO — Alfredo Mendoza (not his real name) thought he was bringing in some extra cash for his family for Christmas. A friend had recommended him to the mechanics shop in Hidalgo. He worked for a week and put in long hours. His boss had no complaints with his work […]