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Undocumented workers and workplace injuries

You go to work every day expecting to hit your goals. You plan on putting in your time and then going home to your family. Your priority is being safe and making a living. You strive to take care of your family. With that being said, you know that accidents can happen. Accidents happen in all corners of our lives. Sometimes they happen at work.

A workplace injury can greatly alter your life.

Federal judges consider constitutionality of 'sanctuary city' law

Last Monday, a federal judge in San Antonio held a hearing on the constitutionality of Texas's new "sanctuary city" prohibition. Meanwhile, several jurisdictions and nonprofits are actively planning either to flout the new law or to challenge it in court. On Thursday, the Texas Attorney General's Office asked another federal judge in Austin to consolidate the 

Are you an immigrant worried about your business in Texas?

How the new presidential administration will affect Texas immigrants remains to be seen. There has been a lot of mention of various changes in the law since President Donald Trump took office. In fact, some new regulations are set to take effect in July. The situation has many business owners worried, not only about their own legal statuses, but about their financial interests as well. 

Undocumented immigrants have rights in the workplace, P.2

We've been looking in recent posts at some of the serious challenges undocumented workers face in the workplace, including violation of their legal rights. Among these are the right to be free from discrimination based on race and color, national origin, as well as religion. 

Undocumented immigrants have rights in the workplace, P.1

Last time, we began discussing the important role undocumented workers play in certain industries, and the unfortunate reality of employer exploitation of undocumented workers. Among the risks undocumented workers face on the job are dangerous working conditions, lack of workers' compensation when an injury occurs, illegal discrimination, and unpaid wages and overtime. 

Federal, state immigration policies affecting employers who hire undocumented workers

We've been talking for weeks on this blog about the effects of new federal and state immigration policy on immigrants, particularly with regard to fears of deportation spurred by stricter enforcement of federal immigration law. Among the effects of these new policies is that more employers in certain industries are reporting worker shortfalls, largely driven by fears of deportation. 

Texas' new immigration bill faces constitutional challenge

Last month, we wrote about the newly passed "sanctuary city" ban, which requires local law enforcement officers to work in cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enforce federal immigration law. As we noted, one aspect of the law is that it allows peace officers to inquire about the immigration status of those who are detained or arrested.

Governor Gregg Abbot and his administration are not out of the woods yet with the bill, as there are groups looking to have it overturned in federal court as unconstitutional. Among them is the Austin City Attorneys' Office, who was set to join several nonprofit groups in a lawsuit challenging the bill. The group is claiming that the bill violates several Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. 

Can a broken tail light land you in a Texas detainment center?

The United States is a nation of immigrants. A brief review of industrial revolution history shows the significant role immigrants played in the building of a new, powerful and progressive society and business world. Life was seldom easy for those crossing the nation's borders from abroad. Prejudices between ethnicities and conflict among the social classes added to daily burdens of trying to put food on the table and survive.

Today's immigrants (many of whom are direct descendants of those from long ago) also face much controversy and challenge as they build lives, establish careers and contribute to local and global economies. Many live in fear of detainment, whether documented or undocumented. 

President Trump travel ban freeze to remain in place after court appeal

The latest development in the saga of President Donald Trump's immigration order took place earlier today, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that a freeze placed on the enforcement of the order by a Maryland federal judge should remain effective. According to the court, the order was rife with constitutional issues.

While the Trump administration had argued that the countries targeted for the travel ban were selected because they present the risk of terrorism, that argument was met with skepticism by those who said it was only a pretext. The Maryland judge who ordered the enforcement freeze did so on the grounds that Trump's immigration order--specifically the so-called "travel ban"--is intentionally discriminatory against those of the Muslim faith. 

Immigrants not the only group threatened by Texas' "sanctuary city" law

We've been looking in recent posts about the state of Texas's newly passed sanctuary city ban, and the impact this law is likely to have on immigrants, as well as the importance of immigrants having strong legal advocacy when they come into contact with the law, particularly in the deportation process.

As we've noted, the law requires law enforcement to comply with immigration detainer requests, allows officers to inquire about the immigration status of detainees and arrestees, and authorizes the discontinuation to cities that refuse to cooperate with enforcement of federal immigration law. As has been pointed out, though, certain aspects of the law may not be fully understood by the public. 

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