|Though no one is allowed to take photographs in Dilley, ICE certainly does.|
How is that playing by the rules?
Subject: Questions about new rule 40 TAC 748.7
Date: February 16, 2016 at 11:51:06 AM CST
To: "Carmical,Audrey (DFPS)"
|Artwork at the US/Mexico border in Nogales: mothers & children fleeing violence in Central America|
And then they get here...
My third question is a combination of my first two. Specifically with respect to the exemptions: is there a rationale for having different (lower & less protective) residential child care standards for refugee children than for all other children? Did your department or the HHSC consider the requirement that Texas must provide equal protection of its laws to persons within its jurisdiction, pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Did you consider that part of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Plyler v. Doe (1982) that says that states must not punish undocumented children for the acts of their parents, even if or when those acts are illegal? (Of course, none of us believe that the refugees’ acts were illegal: coming to the U.S. and asking for asylum is an act protected by international law as well as by federal statute.)
Virginia Marie Raymond, JD, PhD
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Virginia Raymond is a lawyer, teacher, oral historian, and scholar. She moved to Austin in 1982 for law school and stayed, raising a daughter and two sons wtih Tom Kolker. She is currently involved in much pro bono work defending therights of defenseless immigrants and refugees, too extensive to write. Hence, this is her website, where you can learn all about this formidable human rights activist.