Usually, when someone is smuggled into the country they pay a fee to a coyote. When they are forced here to work, or to pay off a debt with their labor it becomes trafficking. Sometimes it's not clear which one it is until all the facts come to light. And that decision will soon get made after au ... More >>
UT Young Conservatives abandon plan after hilarity did not ensue.
Benito Aguilar-Ozuna, whose known as Pichollo and has ties to the Zetas gang, is going to federal prison for almost 20 years, the United States Attorney's Office announced. Aguilar-Ozuna had earlier entered a guilty plea for conspiracy to traffic cocaine in what the feds say was a "large-scale oper ... More >>
The ACLU of Texas wants state officials to investigate a Department of Public Safety sharpshooter's killing of two unarmed men during an intense chase Thursday in the Rio Grande Valley. The DPS agent was in a helicopter that was pursuing a pickup truck occupied by suspected illegal immigrants. Thre ... More >>
And a great hate letter to Gustavo!
Jose Ramirez-Lopez, 30, has been arrested at least twice for being in the U.S. illegally and sent back to Mexico He "did not have consent of the Secretary of Homeland Security for permission to re-enter the United States," prosecutors say, but was arrested after being found sitting in front of the ... More >>
A hostile Supreme Court. A feckless Obama administration. America's war on Mexicans has gone too far.
A jury has convicted an immigrant smuggler of imprisoning his customers until their families coughed up $5,000 each. Cesar Avila, 35, was found guilty on one count of hostage-taking conspiracy, four counts of hostage taking, one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence and four counts of ... More >>
The U.S. Attorney's Office has charged two people with conspiring to transport and harbor illegal aliens, but their case is more serious than that. Prosecutors say Demi Mishel Muniz, 33, and Luis Aceituno, 26, were tranporting illegal immigrants in a van from Houston to Los Angeles when one of the ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>
A Chevrolet Astro van designed to carry seven passengers was packed with 19 illegal immigrants when it crashed trying to get away from police near McAllen last night. Nine died, six were injured and two escaped from the 10:30 p.m. crash in Palmview, police say. "The bodies, believed be those of il ... More >>
A nationwide sweep of convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and "egregious" immigration violators resulted in almost 100 arrests out of the Houston field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE took in 3,100 people nationwide in its six-day "Cross Check" operation, with 74 com ... More >>
Doing business in this modern world can be cutthroat -- you either keep up with the times, or you die. Any good business gets itself on the web. Even if that business is smuggling illegal immigrants. The U.S> Attorney's Office in Houston has announced the arrest of José Gustavo Diaz-Velasquez, 29 ... More >>
Nine years ago, embattled right-wing radio host Michael Berry was a 32-year-old mayoral candidate. Tim Fleck wrote a feature on the fresh-faced city councilman and quixotic candidate (polling below 10 percent, Berry pulled out of the race less than a month after the story hit the street) and his Ind ... More >>
And do teachers discriminate against students with Hispanic first names?
La Migra piles up the numbers.The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced its deportation numbers today for fiscal 2011, which ended in September. Nationwide almost 400,000 were deported -- an ICE record -- and more than 20,000 were deported from South Texas, the agency ... More >>
Not Mambo-nifico, feds sayMambo's Seafood, the popular chain thatt's a big sponsor of the Houston Dynamo, has been hit with charges that it encouraged illegal aliens to come to the U.S. and then harbored and hid them. Two current and three former managers have been indicted, the U.S. Attorne ... More >>
Photo and video by Paula BeltránProtests over an imam's treatmentYesterday Ilyes and Omar Bouchikhi, aged 13 and 11, left school early to attend a protest on behalf of their father, Imam Zoubir Bouchikhi. Bouchikhi, the spiritual leader of a mosque in Southeast Houston who last year was de ... More >>
Leo Berman: Probably not a big Jon Stewart fanTexas, we have our birther bill!! Thanks to Rep. Leo Berman of the Panhandle Tyler, the Texas legislature will take up a bill saying no one can be on the ballot in Texas for president (or vice-president! All bases covered!!) unless they present t ... More >>
That Megamind DVD might have paid a coyote's feesThree Houstonians have been indicted for smuggling illegal aliens into the country and then forcing them to pay off their fees by selling bootleg DVDs and CDs. Estela Aguilar-Lopez, 47, Blanca Estela Lopez-Aguilar, 37, and Francisco Ivan Rodri ... More >>
The semi should have had airholes, suit saysIt's been seven years since the human-smuggling tragedy in Victoria, in which 19 undocumented immigrants died and around 100 people suffered brutal conditions, trapped inside a tractor-trailer transporting them across Texas.Late last week, however, the ... More >>
Derel Townsend wants English to be "the offical language of Tomball"The illegal-immigrant problem will be addressed tonight at a meeting of the Tomball City Council, which is as fine and noble a venue for such a discussion as can be imagined.Councilman Derek Townsend told KPRC that he will be int ... More >>
Another victim claimedJust as jury selection was about to begin in his trail late yesterday, Rudy Trace Soliz III, a former Customs and Border Protection, pleaded guilty to alien smuggling and bribery, the U.S. Attorney's office announced today.Soliz, 28, let a female co-conspirator bring illegal ... More >>
Read a penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Greene Sterling's book: ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone.
Your country needs you to report onlineGood news, Texas!!Not only is there finally a way to report all those illegal aliens you see stealing jobs everyday -- we mean besides just calling ICE -- but there's even more good news: the are only two places in Texas with illegal aliens!!So we have to wo ... More >>
It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship.
The Student Senate holds off on whether illegal immigrants should pay out-of-state tuitionMaybe it's just people steeped in Aggie stereotypes who hold their breath when hearing Texas A&M is wading into something like the debate on illegal immigration, but it's certain that breath is being hel ... More >>
"Goodbye to my Juan, farewell Rosalita; adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria..."Few subjects elicit raw passion the way illegal immigration does. But what if you could eliminate all of the rage, fear, sympathy and politics surrounding the issue, what then? What if it was just a numbers game, and abou ... More >>
"It may well be that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition is not the glaring noisiness of the so-called bad people, but the appalling silence of the so-called good people."- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.There's something so powerful about music. It gets us through life's bu ... More >>
The video that usually crowns our Latino hip-hop blog is going to come at the end of our story today, because without explaining how the American Dream has evolved, the music video won't be given the meaning it deserves. First, you need to know that the American Dream takes on many forms. The Am ... More >>
Home births draw American-born Latinos directly into the immigration issue
The stage at the Houston Police Officers' Union was literally set for a big announcement today. Microphones had been hooked up, chairs for the media had been arranged in rows and press releases had been e-mailed all across town. Everyone was eager to hear all about a lawsuit that a Washington, D.C.- ... More >>
You can't specialize in a market like this; you've got to be a jack-of-all-trades to keep your head above water.There are some Customs & Border Protection inspectors out there who focus strictly on taking bribes to bring illegal aliens into the country. There are others who concentrate strictly ... More >>
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Bright and intense but undocumented, Bob could have been just another immigrant laborer. Then he met Susan Lieberman.
Houston Chronicle faces the Hispanic community and anchor confustion
Juvenile Probation has gotten out-of-touch with the INS ... and some young criminals it's supposed to supervise