Four Houston women have been arrested and accused of forcing underage girls into prostitution in apartments that doubled as illegal underground brothels on the city's West side. 53-year-old Blasina Vargas, 63-year-old Luisa Vargas, 48-year-old Dolores Vargas and Ignacio Escandon are charged with t ... More >>
A Houston woman who allegedly got into a car crash escaping the Border Patrol admitted this week to a federal judge that she was helping smuggle 9 undocumented immigrants. One person died as a result of the crash. Karin Aguilar-Melgor, 22, was the driver of a pickup that carried the group, court re ... More >>
UT Young Conservatives abandon plan after hilarity did not ensue.
Check out this chart from a new study by the Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project. What is this chart telling us? Well, it's telling us that unauthorized immigration is increasing after declining -- mostly likely due to the Great Recession -- from its high in 2007 (12.2 million) to 11.3 mi ... More >>
If you've never been to Farmers Branch, you haven't missed much. It's a neighborhood/suburban bubble/town engulfed by Dallas's urban sprawl, and it's such a bland place you'd probably never have noticed or heard tell of it until the city government enacted a controversial housing law back in May 2 ... 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 >>
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 >>
Two men received stiff sentences for running an illegal-immigrant smuggling business that was exposed when a Toyota Tundra carrying 17 of their clients crashed, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston announced today. Rafael Valles, "a.k.a. El Viejo or Rafa," and Refugio Reyna-Huerta, "a.k.a. Cuco," ... 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 >>
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 >>
Renowned forensics experts say a Pinal County deputy's high-profile tale about getting shot after encountering drug smugglers doesn't add up
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.
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Not content to throw two of her prosecutors into the blender last week, Harris County DA Pat Lykos has decided to turn her guns on yet another unimportant bloc of voters - illegal immigrants.The Chron picks up the tale:"Four senior assistant district attorneys, speaking anonymously to protect their ... More >>
You’d think that deporting felons would get you a round of applause. Well, not if you’re in Houston. Local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced last week that they returned almost 15,800 undocumented workers to their home countries during the last fiscal year. Of those, ... More >>
Safety first. That’s the message from federal immigration authorities this morning who say illegal immigrants needing to evacuate or use public shelters during Hurricane Ike should feel safe to do so without fear of being detained and possibly deported. “It shows the nature of the business,” ... More >>
A few Sensitive Sallies at Texas Tech have voiced their outrage over a game of “Catch the Illegal Immigrant” organized by the school’s chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas. Marshalling their collective powers of intelligence, entrepreunership and xenophobia, the kinderkonservatives made ... More >>
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Matrimonial safe haven hits Harris County. But the INS honeymoon ends with April.
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