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Texas AG Ken Paxton’s Criminal Trial Halted

An appellate court stayed the securities fraud trial against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday. The issue is whether Judge George Gallagher is acting without authority to preside over the criminal case.

LULAC Files First Lawsuit Against Texas ‘Sanctuary’ Ban

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) took little time in filing the first lawsuit to try to stop the Lone Star State’s recently signed anti-sanctuary jurisdiction bill. LULAC sued the State of Texas, its governor, and the state’s attorney general.

Texas Redistricting Litigation Set for July Trial

The panel of judges presiding over the Texas redistricting case has ordered the Lone Star State to a redistricting trial on July 10. The trial will be over plans passed in June 2013. The trial is being expedited because of the 2018 election deadlines.

Duo Sentenced in Marriage-for-Green Card Scheme

A California woman and her father have been sentenced to federal prison for hooking up foreign nationals with U.S. citizens for thousands of dollars. They were convicted of visa and marriage fraud for taking up to $50,000 from Chinese nationals for “arranging” marriages. The foreign nationals hoped to get permanent resident status.

Texas Senate Votes to Wipe Out State Refugee Office

The arrival of refugees in the Lone Star State, most particularly Syrian refugees, has been a source of consternation for Texans and the state’s Governor. Activists pushed back against Governor Greg Abbott’s order to stop the state from helping to resettle Syrian refugees. The Texas attorney general filed suit against the federal government. Now the Texas Senate has voted to eradicate the State’s refugee office.

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington March 22, 2013. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Illegal Immigrants Filing Tax Returns Dropping under Trump

While Americans are scrambling to meet the 2016 tax filing deadline, the number of illegal immigrants submitting their returns in the present climate are reportedly down significantly. Also, a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report exposing significant refund fraud has “most certainly contributed to it,” says the taxpayer advocate department within the IRS.

Illegal Aliens Suing Detention Center for ‘Forced Labor’

More than 60,000 illegal aliens housed in a Colorado detention center are suing for forcing them to perform housekeeping chores. They allege the center compelled “forced labor” in violation of federal human trafficking laws. The defendant contractors say the claims are unprecedented.

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Texas Illegal Alien Death Penalty Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear another death row case from the Texas County that ranks number one in the nation for sending defendants to the death chamber. The Honduran national urges he should have been given resources to develop his claim of mental illness and drug addiction and prosecutors should not have considered his status as an illegal alien.

Watch: Wounded Veteran Gifted with Service Dog at Dallas Hockey Game

Those attending the Dallas Stars hockey game on Monday night got a huge surprise when a former Navy SEAL repelled himself and a service dog down from the top of the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Stars were honoring war veterans and “Patty”, the German Shepherd, was a gift for a wounded veteran.

Texas Congressional Map Discriminates Against Hispanics, Federal Judges Say

Two federal judges have released an opinion that accuses Lone Star State legislators of drawing a congressional map in a “rushed and secretive process” that intended to discriminate against Hispanic and Democrat voters. The only problem says the dissenting jurist–the panel could not legally issue the decision because the Fifth Circuit made clear that after Texas repealed the 2011 plan, “the case became moot and eliminated the district’s jurisdiction.”

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Texas Court Hears Case to Curb Gay Marriage Rights

The Supreme Court of Texas heard oral arguments today in a case where Houston taxpayers sued urging that subsidizing employment benefits for the spouse of a same-sex couple is illegal. Lawyers for the taxpayers describe the case as “the only one of its kind in the nation.”

Family Argues Mexican National Killed by Border Patrol Had Constitutional Rights

A Mexican family whose son was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that the agent violated their son’s constitutional rights by using unnecessary deadly force. A preliminary issue is whether the Constitution applies to someone who is not a citizen of the U.S. and was standing on Mexican soil at the time of the shooting.

Texas Voter ID ‘Fix’ Led to Improper Voting, Officials Say

The Texas voter ID “fix” instituted before the November presidential election, which allowed citizens without proper documentation to sign a sworn affidavit indicating why they could not procure one in time, now leaves local election officials considering whether “hundreds” of voters should be referred to prosecutors for abusing the safety net.