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June 2017 Archives

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.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.

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