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Maricopa County, once a deportation powerhouse, reverses course over Dallas County lawsuit FILED UNDER

A lawsuit filed by immigrants against Dallas County has prompted an about-face in Maricopa County, once known as a deportation powerhouse under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio's successor, Paul Penzone, a newly elected Democrat, has announced that he will no longer hold unauthorized immigrants in...

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How arrest at Ariz. Trump rally might have led to new ICE policy

PHOENIX — On a hot day in March, hours before then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was set to lead a campaign rally in a Phoenix suburb, Jacinta Gonzalez wrapped a U-shaped lock around her neck and pinned herself to a van blocking the road. Gonzalez, 31 at the time, was among a group of about...

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You Say You’re An American, But What If You Had To Prove It Or Be Deported?

When he was in prison, Lorenzo Palma strongly suspected he was an American citizen. He had spent his whole life in the United States, and he knew his grandfather was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1914. Palma had served five years for an assault conviction and was about to be released on parole, but im...

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Dallas judge’s wise experiment to speed up domestic-violence docket FILED UNDER

Every crime victim  and defendant  deserves a legal system that delivers swift justice. And in  domestic violence cases, delays prove to be particularly troublesome. The longer the proceedings languish, the less chance for prosecution. Too often, the couple reconciles and the injured party doesn'...

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Demanda contra la alguacil Lupe Valdez

 

La alguacil del condado Dallas enfrenta una segunda demanda acusada de mantener encarceladas a personas por un periodo mayor a lo que establece la ley para remitirlos con autoridades de inmigración.

El incidente sucedió...

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Lawsuit: Sheriff Valdez jails U.S. citizen on behalf of ICE for 38 days

The U.S. Constitution, the Texas Constitution and Texas statutes say that once a person posts a bond for a criminal case, that person must be released from jail.  However, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has been holding people in her jail after they have posted bond in order to assist Immigration...

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Texas sheriff faces lawsuit over federal immigration holds

SAN ANTONIO - The Dallas County sheriff who was warned by Gov. Greg Abbott about not complying with immigration holds has been sued by people who say they were detained for extended periods because of such holds. The lawsuit was filed Monday, the same day Abbott made public a lette...

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Dallas County Sheriff faces lawsuit over immigration holds

DALLAS, TEXAS (NBC) - The Dallas County Sheriff has been sued by people who say they were detained for extended periods because of immigration holds. He was warned by Governor Greg Abbott, about not complying with immigration holds. The lawsuit says that...

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Local Battles Brewing Over Sanctuary Cities

When Gov. Greg Abbott sent a public letter last week reprimanding Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez for softening her approach to detaining undocumented immigrants booked into her jails, saying it posed a “serious danger to Texans” and may require state action, it confused many immigrant rights acti...

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Federal civil rights suit filed against Dallas County, Sheriff Lupe Valdez by immigrants over pretrial detention

A federal civil rights suit over pretrial detention was filed yesterday by 16 plaintiffs against Dallas County and Sheriff Lupe Valdez, raising again the use of immigration holds requested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The suit addresses Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment...

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