UPDATE: After Court Battle, Undocumented Teen In Texas Gets Abortion Requested Weeks Ago

Posted on · An undocumented teenager under federal custody in Texas got an abortion she had been seeking for weeks Wednesday morning, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. "This is my life, my decision," the teen said in a statement after the procedure

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Office for New Americans, and Your Year-End Tax Questions: Tuesday (December 20, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (Dec. 12, 2016), Mayor Sylvester Turner announced he was creating an Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities for the City of Houston. Mayor Turner said goal is to "improve access to city services for all Houstonians." And the mayor said the office will work as an information source for Houston's large immigrant […]

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What Exactly are “Sanctuary Cities,” and is Houston One?

Posted on · A term has risen in the more recent debates about immigration: "sanctuary cities." The concept is this: that there are some cities in the United States that will go out of their way to protect immigrants who have entered the country illegally from federal immigration officials. The argument from some conservatives and anti-immigration groups is […]

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One Year In: How is the Houston Office of Human Rights First Helping the Area’s Asylum Seekers?

Posted on · About a year ago, Human Rights First set up an office in Houston. The non-profit group connects area lawyers offering pro bono legal services to asylum seekers. Human Rights First had been operating in New York and Washington, but opened up the Houston office on the campus of South Texas College of Law last year […]

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Border Refugees, Response & Security: Houston Matters for Monday, July 14, 2014

Posted on · Since October, more than 52,000 undocumented children have come into the U.S. Most of these children are from Central America, and many of them arrived unaccompanied by adults. The local response here in Greater Houston has been mixed. Organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are asking for donations, foster care parents, and […]

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League City’s Immigrant Ordinance and Life Like a Country Song: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the new resolution banning undocumented children from entering League City, to concern over pollution in and around Galena Park, to Texas being named the second-most state where “life is most like a country song” — it’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s rotating panel of non-experts […]